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More students graduating without waivers says Ritz

Students cheer at a commencement ceremony in New York in 2004.
Students cheer at a commencement ceremony in New York in 2004.
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Graduation is right around the corner for many Indianapolis seniors, but some seniors will not walk at graduation.
About 18 percent of high school students did not graduate last year according to a report just released from the Indiana Department of Education. The drop out number was down slightly from the year before, but graduation is a time to look at what schools can do better to help their students prepare for life after high school.
It is vital for students to get a good education according to the Indiana Department of Education, because the average high school dropout makes about $9,400 less a year than the average high school graduate without secondary education per statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That extra money contributes to a better quality of life, and parents who did not graduate high school are more likely to have children who will not graduate high school as well.
Going a step further, a high school dropout has not hope of going on to earn a bachelor’s degree until they obtain their high school diploma, and college graduates go on to make about $21,500 more than high school graduates.
Now about 7 percent of students did receive waivers to graduate, putting the overall graduation rate for last year at 88.7 percent.
“Non-waiver data is important for federal reporting requirements, as well as providing a more full picture of the number of students that are successfully passing their end of course assessments,” said an April press release from the Indiana Department of Education.
Indiana residents can go here to find out how their local high schools stacked up against the state.
“There is some encouraging information in this release,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “While the overall graduation rate is largely the same as it was in 2012, when you dig into the data it becomes clear that more of our students are graduating without a waiver and passing their end of course assessments. This is a crucial step in ensuring that our students graduate from high school both college and career ready.”
The data on the 2013-2014 school years graduation rates will come out at this time next year.

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