OKLAHOMA CITY (March 2, 2017) – Oklahoma’s high school graduation rate remained steady at 83 percent at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, keeping pace with national graduation rates of 82 percent in 2014 and 83 percent in 2015.
“I am encouraged that Oklahoma’s graduation rates are keeping pace with national rates despite widespread budget cuts and the teacher shortage,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “This is a testament to the hard work of our students as well as our teachers, administrators and support staff in public schools across the state.”
In a report by the State Department of Education Office of Accountability, Guthrie Public Schools had a graduation rate of 78 percent in 2015, along with Crescent at 86 percent, Mulhall 100 percent and Coyle 80 percent. It is noted that Coyle’s exact percentage rate is redacted to protect information of individual students.
The overall graduation rates for Oklahoma’s 10 largest school districts also remained steady.
Graduation rates are calculated based on a four-year adjusted cohort as required by the U.S. Department of Education. The cohort follows students from the time they enter as freshmen to graduation, calculating the percentage of students who graduate within the traditional four years.
While all states utilize the same graduation cohort, graduation requirements can vary widely by state. In Oklahoma, all students who receive a high school diploma are expected to pass a college preparatory and work ready curriculum aligned with Oklahoma college admission course requirements. After changes last year resulting from the passage of House Bill 3218, students are no longer required to pass four of seven End-of-Instruction (EOI) exams to graduate.