In a media release this weekend, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) reported significant gains in its graduation rate for the 2016-17 school year with the percentage of students graduating topping the 80 percent mark for the first time in several years.

Data just released by the Indiana Department of Education shows 82.9 percent of IPS students graduated in the 2016-17 school year; this represents nearly a six percentage point increase over the previous year and the largest increase in the last seven years. Additionally, the District has seen steady increases for more than a decade with some of the biggest gains in the last five years; improving nearly 15 percent overall since the 2012-13 school year from 68 percent.

“We are encouraged by the consistent improvement from year to year,” said Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “Our teachers and staff have been intentional in their focus on meeting students’ individual needs. Our goal is to provide students with the tools they need to be successful in life, and earning a high school diploma is a critical milestone.”

Other highlights of the data include:

 A six percent increase in the graduation rate for African American students pushing the overall rate to 84 percent. That’s higher than the state average of 78 percent.

 A six percent increase in the graduation rate for Special Education students from 2016. That number has increased nearly 10 percent since 2013.

As the District moves to a new all-choice high school model for the 2018-19 school year, the focus on ensuring students graduate ready to enroll in post-secondary education, enlist in the military, or be employed at a livable wage will only intensify, and offer students a more rewarding and engaging academic experience.

This post was created from a media release issued by Carrie Cline Black, Media Relations Coordinator, IPS. Follow the link to view the media release on the IPS website.

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