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WDMCS Graduation Rate Second Among Ten Largest Iowa Districts

West Des Moines Community Schools has the second highest four-year graduation rate of the ten largest school districts in Iowa.


The WDMCS four-year graduation rate has risen to 92.9 percent, according to data released today by the Iowa Department of Education. The rate rose 2.35 percent from 90.55 percent in 2012-13 and 0.73 percent from 92.17 percent in 2010. The Iowa four-year graduation rate is 90.5 percent after rising continuously for four years

WDMCS also exceeded state rates in the following student subgroup categories: English Language Learners, Individualized Education Program, African-American, Asian, Hispanic, White, Female, and Male.

The WDMCS five-year graduation rate is 91.65 percent for the Class of 2014. The five-year graduation rate reflects students who were part of a graduating class but took an extra year to complete high school. They include students with disabilities and students in at-risk programs. The Iowa five-year graduation rate is 90.23 percent.

The WDMCS 9-12 dropout rate for 2013-14 was 2.43 percent. The rate reflects the percentage of students in grades 9-12 who drop out of school during a single year. The Iowa 9-12 dropout rate for 2013-14 is 2.7 percent.

For a more detailed report, visit the Iowa Department of Education website at https://www.educateiowa.gov/.