More Walla Walla Public Schools students are graduating on time than ever before in modern history according to data released from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Class of 2019. Last year's on-time graduation rate jumped to 90.3%, which is 9.4% above the state average.
The district is also closing the gap between student ethnic populations as the Hispanic/Latino graduate rate has grown 16% in recent years, to 89.3%.
"This now mirrors the rate of our non-Hispanic/Latino students," said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. "This rate is 13.6% above the state Latino graduation rate and our Hispanic/Latino dropout rate is now lower than our district's average at 6%, 9% below the Hispanic/Latino rate statewide."
The state's annual data release also had more good news for the district as dropout rates continue to decline, now more than 4% below the state average for an all-time low of 7%.
Students receiving Special Education services are also performing well above the state average.
"A huge shoutout to our special education staff, where 88.1% of our special education students graduated on time marking a 28% increase over the last six years and more than 25% above the state average," said Smith.
Smith credits the district's strategic plan, dedicated staff, and deliberate efforts in keeping students connected and engaged to their school in this historic data release.