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Class of 2021 Graduation Rate Continues Positive Trend

Bend-La Pine Schools’ grad rate of 82.4 percent is second highest on record, up more than 14 percentage points in decade

Article Date: Jan 20, 2022

Bend-La Pine Schools recorded its second highest graduation rate on record, 82.4 percent, continuing a decade-long trend of increasing graduation rates for our schools, according to a report released by the Oregon Department of Education today. This rate is about 2 percentage points higher than the statewide average. Additionally, 92.7 percent of students graduated or earned a GED, extended diploma or other within five years (five-year completer data).

“It’s encouraging to see the overall positive trend line continuing for our graduation rates. These rates are reflective of the collective hard work of our students and our staff. We know the positive relationships staff built with students make all the difference,” said Superintendent Steven Cook. “While these rates are encouraging, we are committed to the goal of seeing every student graduate from our schools.”

Bend-La Pine Schools saw a dip in graduation rates from 2020 (when the district recorded a historic high of 85.9 percent), but those rates likely reflected an artificial bump, due to no fail policies in place in the spring of 2020. However, the district held on to the gains made from the previous years and the graduation rate is up 1.8 percentage points from 2019 (pre-pandemic).

Bend-La Pine Schools also continues to see positive trends among various student groups, including students with disabilities, English Language Learners and historically underserved racial/ethnic groups, among others. Graduation rates were higher in these groups for the Class of 2021 than for the Class of 2019 and reflect an overall positive long-term trend.

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.

The Class of 2021 earned the following diplomas, by type: 1,182 Regular Diplomas, 37 Modified Diplomas, 4 Extended Diplomas, 83 GEDs, 13 Alternative Certificates, 45 continuing enrollment.

Bend-La Pine Schools’ graduation rate includes roughly 100 students from COIC and Oregon Youth Challenge Program, which enroll students from across the region/state. Without including students enrolled in these programs, Bend-La Pine Schools’ 4-year graduation rate would be approximately 85.6 percent.

Bend-La Pine Schools’ 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Over Time:
• 2020-21: 82.4 percent
• 2019-20: 85.9 percent
• 2018-19: 80.6 percent
• 2017-18: 81.9 percent
• 2016-17: 78.7 percent
• 2015-16: 77.5 percent
• 2014-15: 77.2 percent
• 2013-14: 77.2 percent
• 2012-13: 78.6 percent
• 2011-12: 72.2 percent
• 2010-11: 68.2 percent

School-Specific 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate for 2020-21
• Bend Senior High: 89.7 percent
• Bend Tech Academy at Marshall: 59.62 percent
• La Pine High: 59.3 percent
• Mountain View: 85.3 percent
• Realms High: 65.4 percent
• Skyline*: 82.1 percent
• Summit: 93.8 percent

*Skyline High School merged with Realms High School starting fall of 2021