Mac-Hi outpaces state graduation rates

By on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 in Local News

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon – The Oregon Department of Education released graduation rates for school districts in Oregon Thursday. These are 2017-18 rates. The Milton-Freewater Unified School District’s graduation rates at McLoughlin High School exceeded the state rates in almost every category. This is the third year of higher rates for the district.

“These rates are a real tribute to our faculty and staff in the entire district. Kudos to everyone involved,” District Superintendent Rob Clark said. “These results are the best the Milton-Freewater Unified School District have accomplished since the Oregon Department of Education has garnered this data.”

Clark said what makes these statistics even more remarkable is where most Milton-Freewater students start out. On the Oregon Kindergarten Readiness Assessment students entering school in the district have some of the lowest readiness scores in the state. So, Clark said, this requires strategy and focus and as educator and author Stephen Covey states, “Start with the end in mind.”

“We have done this in Milton-Freewater, and it is great to be a member of this quality team,” Clark said.

The district’s goal is to have graduation rates in the 90 percent and above range. Educators will also focus on the few areas that remained below the state average.

The high school graduation rates for Oregon in the 2017-2018 school year are 78.7 percent. Milton-Freewater’s rate is 82.8 percent. Among males the state average is 75.6 percent, while the local average was at 85.3 percent. Females statewide had an 82 percent graduation rate, while the Milton-Freewater level was 80.3. Milton-Freewater Hispanic and Latino students had an 83.6 percent graduation rate, while the state average was 74 percent. Among multi-racial students, 78.4 percent was the state average while Milton-Freewater’s was at 50 percent. Milton-Freewater saw a graduation rate of 83 percent of its white students, while the state average was 80.1 percent.