Graduation Rates Tick Upward

District Rate Higher Than State Average

Article Date: Jan 26, 2017

The graduation rate for students in Bend-La Pine Schools continues to outpace the graduation rate of students statewide, according to information released by the Oregon Department of Education today. Bend-La Pine Schools’ graduation rate for the Class of 2016 was 77.52 percent, up slightly from the rate of 77.2 last year and 3 percentage points higher than the overall state average graduation rate. This continues the district’s steady upward trend during the past decade and is the second highest graduation rate ever recorded by Bend-La Pine Schools.

“We are proud to see that our students continue to graduate at a higher rate than the state. That said, we won’t be satisfied until we see every student in our schools graduate,” said Superintendent Shay Mikalson.

The 2015-16 graduation rate for the district’s five high schools are:

  • Bend Senior High School: 86.06 percent
  • La Pine High School: 75.68 percent
  • Marshall High School (the district’s alternative high school): 32.93 percent
  • Mountain View High School: 84.79 percent
  • Summit High School: 87.44 percent

About the Numbers: The graduation rate tracks students beginning in ninth grade and measures how many of those students graduate within four years. The rate is adjusted for students moving in or out of the district.

Specific highlights:

  • Marshall High School, an alternative high school, saw its graduation rate climb dramatically, up nearly 12 percentage points from the Class of 2015 to the Class of 2016.
  • Bend-La Pine Schools’ graduation rate for students who are classified as Ever English Learners increased 7.5 percentage points, up to 64.3 percent.
  • The graduation rate for students who are classified as disadvantaged by the state (poverty, English language learners, special education, etc.) also ticked up for Bend-La Pine Schools, to 69.1 percent from 68.6 percent last year.
  • Adding in students who earned GEDs or other alternative certificates, Bend-La Pine Schools’ school completion rate increases to 83.15 percent, which is also an uptick from last year and well above the state average of 78.11 percent.

Recent Four-Year Graduation Rate Data for Bend-La Pine Schools:

This year’s graduation rate is an increase from last year’s rate and continues an overall steady upward trend.

  • 2015-16: Bend-La Pine Schools 77.5 percent; Oregon 74.8 percent
  • 2014-15: Bend-La Pine Schools 77.2 percent; Oregon 73.8 percent
  • 2013-14: Bend-La Pine Schools 77.2 percent; Oregon 72.0 percent
  • 2012-13: Bend-La Pine Schools 78.6 percent; Oregon 68.7 percent
  • 2011-12: Bend-La Pine Schools 72.2 percent; Oregon 68.4 percent
  • 2010-11: Bend-La Pine Schools 68.2 percent; Oregon 67.7 percent

For more information visit: Oregon Department of Education website