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Graduation Rates At WDMCS Remain Above State Average, Data Shows

The Iowa Department of Education announced Tuesday, March 3, that Iowa’s high school graduation rate has climbed to a record-high 91.6 percent in 2019, a “continuing trend of long-term growth across nearly all groups of students.”

“More Iowans are graduating high school better equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century economy,” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said in a press release. “Whether it’s through computer science, STEM or work-based learning, we are changing the way our students learn and removing barriers that exist for underserved communities. Today’s announcement is an important milestone, but our work continues to guarantee student success well beyond high school.”

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) continues to be above the state average. In 2019, WDMCS had a 93.4 percent four-year graduation rate, per data from the Iowa Department of Education. The district’s four-year graduation rate has a 10-year average of 92.7 percent.

Here’s a breakdown of the four-year data since 2009:

Iowa graduation rates are calculated with a formula established by the U.S. Department of Education, the department said in its news release.

“Unique student identification numbers allow school districts to account for all ninth-grade students as they move through high school,” the release said. “At the state level, the method helps determine when a student graduates, even if the student has switched districts in Iowa during high school.”

For more information, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website.