Wichita graduation rate rises
The bad news is the Wichita public school graduation rate for 2013 was 76.5 percent … below the state average of 86%. But there is good news to counter the bad.
That 76.5 percent is well above the U-S-D 259 graduation rate of 2009 … which was just 63.1 percent. Wichita teachers have been working on the grad rate and they’ve made progress across the board. But the largest increases were among the boys.
Over the past four years, the graduation rate for white males is up 25 percent . The graduation rate for black males increased 24 percent … and the rate for Hispanic males rose 30 percent.
The district has increased staff to concentrate on the problem, with extended school days and special programs to prepare at-risk students for college.
To see the Wichita graduation rate rise dramatically is encouraging, especially when we see those boys’ figures improving.
Good job, U-S-D 259!
Our thought for today is from John Ruskin:
“Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons.”