On Thursday, January 26, 2017, the Oregon Department of Education released the graduation cohort and dropout rate data for all public school districts in Oregon. Results show Hermiston High School exceeded the state average in graduation rates.
According to the Oregon Department of Education, this graduation data looks at the students who entered high school as ninth graders in 2012-13 and then graduated with a regular high school diploma within four years. Data for 2015-16 shows the state holds a 74.8 percent four-year graduation rate for the 2012-13 cohort. Hermiston High School holds an 87.6 percent graduation rate. For the same cohort of students, Hermiston High School holds an 88.73 completer rate, which includes students who earned an extended or adult high school diploma, and students who earned a GED, in addition to the students who earned a standard diploma (graduates) as completers. The State of Oregon cohort completer rate was 78.1.
The results are further broken down by subgroups, which show the district boasts the highest five-year cohort completer rate in the state for Hispanic students at 91.5 percent, among districts with sizable Hispanic populations. Hermiston High School holds the second highest four-year cohort graduation (82.3) and completer (83.1) rates for Hispanic students.
The cohort graduation rate is calculated by taking the number of students in the group who graduated with a regular diploma within four years and dividing that by the total number of students who entered high school for that cohort, in this case 2012-2013. The figure is adjusted for students who move into or out of the system, emigrate to another country, or are deceased, to form the adjusted cohort.
Because some students need more than four years to complete graduation requirements, the Oregon Department of Education also calculates five-year graduation and completion rates. HHS’s five-year cohort graduation rate for ALL students was 93.1, compared to the state’s 77.8. The Hermiston High School five-year cohort completer rate was 94.25 for the 2011-12 cohort, while the state rate was 81.9.
The Innovative Learning Center in past school years was home to the alternative program for HSD; it was designed for students who are not able to complete the requirements for graduation in four years with a standard instructional day. Graduation and completion rates for ILC are included in Hermiston School District aggregate data, which notes a five-year cohort completer rate of 78.8, which is below the state average of 81.9.
Beginning this school year, the ILC was absolved into Hermiston High School to provide prescriptive courses of study for students who are not able to complete the requirements for graduation in four years with a standard instructional day.
View the graduation rates, including by district, on the ODE website.