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Graduation Rates Above Average for Area Students

Posted: Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at 6:27 am

Just over eighty-seven percent of the class of 2009 graduated from Iowa high schools in four years. That’s according to data recently released by the Iowa Department of Education, which deduced that rate by using a new formula adopted by the National Governors Association.

Locally, the Pella Community School District graduated 96.5 percent of its students, while North Mahaska’s class of 2009 had a 92.5 percent graduation rate, and PCM graduated just shy of 91 percent of last year’s senior class. Pella Christian High School had their graduation rates factored into the public school district that the students live in.

The graduation rates were generated using a new formula adopted by the National Governors Association (NGA) to set a more consistent national baseline for graduation rates. It is also important to note that the remaining percent not included in the graduation rate does not necessarily mean that all of those students have dropped out, as there are students who remain in high school for more than four years.