Wisconsin’s 4-Year High School Graduation Rates Increase


Wisconsin’s four-year graduation rate is up slightly from the previous year.

Today, the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released graduation data for 2012. Over 87.5 percent of students graduated in four years, up from 87 percent the year prior and 85.7 percent in 2009.

John Johnson, a spokesman for the DPI, says that graduation rates for minorities are still lagging. But, he says, the department is taking action.

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“We specifically have programs related to instructional efforts to provide interventions for students before they fall behind in high school. We have developed a new data system that we’re going to provide districts, with information about students that could be potentially at risk starting in sixth grade. We also are working to help students to advance farther and faster in their schooling as well.”

Johnson says the DPI’s goal is to increase the graduation rate from last year’s 85.7 percent to 92 percent by 2017. The graduation rate for African-American students was nearly 63 percent last school year, the rate for Hispanic students is 74 percent and 88 percent for Asians. 92 percent of white students graduate within four years.

Check out the data below: