Similar to school
grades issued in fall, the IDOE has issued two graduation rates for each
school and school corporation.
state and federal graduation rates. Despite its name, the “federal” rate and
the state rate are both determined and assigned by the IDOE.
As with school
grades, the double reporting is a product of differences in federal and
state accountability standards since the passage of the federal Every
Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Under ESSA, General
Diplomas awarded don’t count toward a school’s graduation rate, the law
instead gives precedence to Core40 or Honors diplomas. ESSA also mandates
that the federal graduation rate is the rate used to determine state grades
federal waiver graduation rate was 87.23 percent for 2018.
Porter County schools--were above the average state waiver rate of 88.1
percent, which is up from 87.19 in 2017.
waiver graduation rate is 92.17 percent. Its federal waiver graduation rate
is 91.81 percent.
In each case,
Duneland’s rate was the lowest of all the Porter County public schools,
followed by Valparaiso and Portage Township. All the schools were within 10
percent of each other.
Only one school
corporation--Metropolitan School District of Boone Township--achieved a 100
percent graduation rate, though a couple individual schools within other
corporations--Morgan Township Middle/High School and Kouts Middle/High
Here’s how other
school corporations in Porter County fared in state and federal graduation
Community Schools (Valparaiso High School)
Schools (Portage High School)
East Porter County
School Corporation (Morgan Township Middle/High School, Washington
Township Middle/High School, and Kouts Middle/High School)
School Corporation (Boone Grove High School)
School Corporation (Wheeler High School)
District of Boone Township (Hebron High School)