Graduation rates in Wisconsin continued on an upward trend, with 90 percent of students in the class of 2019 completing high school within four years. The 2018-19 four-year graduation rate increased from the previous year, representing an overall 1.6 percent rise over five years, according to data updated Tuesday on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s WISEdash Public Portal.
“The promising trends we see among Wisconsin graduates are a tribute to the tireless work and dedication of our teachers and students,” State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said in a statement. “It is encouraging to see Wisconsin students graduating at higher rates than we’ve seen in a long time.”
Most subgroups of the class of 2019 also improved, with 74.6 percent of English language learning students graduating within four years, a 4.5 percentage point jump from the previous year, and a 12.4 point improvement over the past five years. Black students in the class of 2019 graduated in four years at 71.3 percent, a 2 point increase from the previous year, and a 7.3 point improvement over the past five years.
The updated graduation data, along with charts showing student homelessness, and students retained at the end of the school year are available on the DPI’s WISEdash data portal.