District, state graduation rates improve

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The District's graduation rate for the Class of 2018 jumped by nearly 4 percentage points and is more than 5 points above the state average, according to data released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on Tuesday.

MCPASD's graduation rate was 94.7 percent this past year, compared with 90.8 in 2017 and 88.6 in 2016. The state graduation rate average for the Class of 2018 was 89.6 percent, a 1 percent jump over the year before and a 1.4 percent increase since 2016.

The District's graduation rate for the 6-year cohort, which includes students who were part of the Class of 2016, was 95.5 percent, while the state average was 90.6 percent. That is a 5.4 percent increase for MCPASD over the year before and nearly 8 percent higher than the average in 2016.

"Congratulations to the Class of 2018. A high school diploma is a ticket to the future,'' State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said in a statement. "Graduation is to be celebrated because it improves students' opportunities for better jobs, income, and further education, which contributes to life success.''

MCPASD also saw some notable gap closures for some subgroups of students.

The graduation rate for students with disabilities in the MCPASD Class of 2018 was 89.1 percent, which was nearly 40 points higher than a year ago and more than 20 points higher than the state average.

The graduation rate for students on free or reduced lunch in the MCPASD Class of 2018 was 84.1 percent, which was nearly 8 points higher than a year ago and almost 4 points higher than the state average.

MCPASD Class of 2018 Hispanic students had a graduate rate of 91.4 percent, a nearly 7 percent increase over a year ago and more than 9 percent over the state average. Asian (97.1) and White (95.9) also were above the state average in their respective subgroups.

The graduation rate for black students in the MCPASD Class of 2018 was 76 percent, which was nearly 7 percent above the state average but a drop of nearly 9 percent over a year ago in the District.

Here are the graduation rates for the public school districts in Dane County:

District 4-Year Rate 6-Year Rate
Middleton-Cross Plains 94.7 95.5
Belleville 93.2 100
Cambridge 96.7 98.5
Deerfield 90.0 96.3
DeForest 94.4 98.1
Madison Metropolitan 81.5 85.7
Marshall 90.4 96.6
McFarland 75.2 83.8
Monona Grove 92.1 96.9
Mount Horeb 94.8 NA
New Glarus 98.1 95.8
Oregon 94.4 99.0
Stoughton 93.8 98.5
Sun Prairie 93.5 94.4
Verona 94.8 95.0
Waunakee 97.8 97.9
Wisconsin Heights 98.0 97.9

Here are the graduation rates for the schools in the Big Eight Conference:

School 4-Year Rate 6-Year Rate
MCPASD 94.7 95.5
Beloit Memorial 84.7 94.5
Janesville Craig 95.8 97.2
Janesville Parker 93.6 95.3
Madison East 81.6 86.3
Madison La Follette 84.6 89.4
Madison Memorial 88.3 94.7
Madison West 90.5 90.5
Sun Prairie 93.5 94.4
Verona 94.8 95.0