2015-03-03 / Front Page

OVHS Maintains Graduation Rate Of Above 90 Percent; CHS Dips Slightly

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

Indiana’s graduation rate for 2013-14 jumped to 89.8 percent, up from 88.6 percent the year before according to data released last Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Education.

Locally, Owen Valley High School’s graduate rate came in at 92.5 percent, just .3 percent lower than the year before.

“We are very excited to remain above the state average and above 90 percent for two years in row,” OVHS Principal Rhonda Schafer said. “It is our goal to see all students graduate. Owen Valley High School staff work extremely hard to help students receive their diploma.”

Among the students in the OVHS Class of 2014, 94 of the 96 students who paid for meals earned a diploma, while 65 of 70 students on free or reduced lunch graduated. The class also had 27 of its 30 special education students graduate, and 96.4 percent of its general education pupils.

“One of the IDOE’s goals is for 90 percent of students to graduate within four years of high school. This is the second consecutive year that Owen Valley High School has surpassed that goal. We have seen tremendous growth from OVHS,” Spencer-Owen Community Schools Curriculum Director Brock Beeman said. “During the past five years, they have increased their graduation rate by 19 percent! It is clear that the efforts of our students and staff are paying off, and it’s especially encouraging to see them maintaining this performance.”

Meanwhile, Cloverdale High School’s graduation rate dropped slightly below the 91.7 percent recorded the previous year to 87.2 percent.

“We knew it was going to be a little lower, because last year’s class had a transient group that came in around 2010,” CHS Principal Sonny Stoltz said. “It was a class that started growing, but a lot of kids who enrolled didn’t stay very long. We’re doing a better job now of keeping track of those kids. We’re not happy about the decline, and when you get around that 90 percent, you get excited. But we have some classes coming up who we hope will be more consistent in the future, and they are according to the early numbers.”

Of the CHS seniors on free and reduced lunch for the 2013-2014 school year, 39 of the 47 students received a diploma, while 42 of the 44 students who paid for meals graduated. The class also had 80 percent of its special education students graduate, and 89.6 percent of its general education pupils.

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