Graduation rates across the state improved last year and with little
exception, more local students are graduating from high school too.
The Indiana Department of Education released graduation rates for the
2010-2011 school year today.
The overall rate for Indiana schools increased to 85.7 percent, up 1.6
percent over 2010 and 4.3 percent over the 2009 rate.
According to a press release put out by the state, this year's rate is
the highest since the IDOE began measuring the graduation rate by
cohorts of students in 2005.
Stephanie Sample, a spokeswoman for the IDOE, said Indiana was one of
the first states to follow "graduating classes" of students to
calculate graduation rates.
"Meaning," she said Monday, "we track them from their freshman year to
their senior year and count those who make it through in four years
A goal that state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett set for all
public schools here in 2009 was to graduate 90 percent or more of
students in four years.
South Bend schools have not reached that benchmark yet, but the 2011