WWPS grad rates hit all-time high

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla Public Schools four-year graduation rate is at an all-time high. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction reports that the class of 2020 had an on-time graduation rate of 91.7 percent. The five-year graduation rate also hit a new high at 93.9 percent for the class of 2019.

“I’m so proud of our recent graduates and staff for staying engaged and focused on learning despite the many challenges COVID brought to our school system last spring,” Superintendent Wade Smith said. “When the 2017-2022 strategic plan was established, school board members set a lofty target of reaching an 85 percent on-time graduation rate by 2022. We surpassed this benchmark three years early and continue to make annual improvement.”

In addition, WWPS reports that its Hispanic/Latino graduation rate is nearly 88 percent. Smith praised the efforts focused on those students and their families for continuing to improve.

The district implemented a strategic graduation plan during the 2016-2017 school year. Since then, the on-time rate has climbed by 16.6 percent, the five-year rate by 8.1 percent, and the Hispanic/Latino rate by 18 percent.