Nebo dis­trict sur­passes state grad­u­a­tion rate

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

Nebo School Dis­trict con­tin­ues to pro­duce one of the high­est grad­u­a­tion rates in the coun­try. Nebo’s grad­u­a­tion rate is 90 per­cent, sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the state av­er­age of 83 per­cent. Nebo’s tra­di­tional high schools’ grad­u­a­tion rate is as high as 93 per­cent. “Ob­vi­ously this is great news for Nebo pub­lic schools and even bet­ter news for Nebo’s stu­dents,” said Nebo School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Rick Nielsen. “We at­tribute this to the sound de­ci­sion-making and plan­ning from the fac­ulty, staff, ad­min­is­tra­tion and school board as well as the stu­dents’ thirst for ex­cel­lence and par­ents’ expectations for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. We en­gage, em­power and col­lab­o­rate to en­sure stu­dent suc­cess.”

The Utah State Of­fice re­ported the fol­low­ing: “A to­tal of 36,933 stu­dents grad­u­ated from Utah’s pub­lic high schools in 2015, bring­ing the to­tal high school grad­u­a­tion rate to 84 per­cent, an in­crease of 1 per­cent over 2014.”

“Year-to-year grad­u­a­tion rates in­creased for all ma­jor de­mo­graphic sub­groups in Utah in 2015 with the ex­cep­tion of stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties, which saw a de­cline from 67 to 66 per­cent. Achieve­ment gaps per­sist, how­ever, as USOE data shows im­prove­ment for all stu­dents, Amer­i­can In­dian, Asian, Black, His­panic, Pa­cific Is­lan­der, White, Eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged, and English lan­guage learn­ers.

“It is good to see that, for the most part, the nee­dle is mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” said State Su­per­in­ten­dent of Pub­lic In­struc­tion Brad C. Smith. “But it is also clear that there is more work to do. We in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion in­tend to do that work.”

In­for­ma­tion about grad­u­a­tion rates for Utah school dis­tricts and for in­di­vid­ual high schools can be found on­line at www. schools. utah. gov/ data/ Re­ports/ Grad­u­a­tion-Dropout/Grad­u­a­tion2015.aspx.

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