Lander’s graduation rate dropped 13.5 points in 2013 to total 72.7 percent

(Lander, Wyo.) – Fremont County School District 1 Superintendent Mike Bowman provided the Trustees on Tuesday night with data from the Wyoming Department of Education that showed that graduation rates for the Class of 2013 had decreased significantly over the previous years.

While the state rate for students graduating in four years had dropped from 78.9% in 2011-12 to 77.6% in 2012-13, the FCSD#1 rate dropped from 86.2% to 72.7% in the same time period.

The Pathfinder High School rate had dropped from one of its all-time highs with the Class of 2012 at 58.3% to one of its worst with the Class of 2013 at 19.1%. Lander Valley High School’s rate dropped from 89.2% to 82.2% from 2012 to 2013.

The five-year graduation rates for the District (87.0%), LVHS (90.0%), and Pathfinder (61.5%) exceeded the state’s rate of 81.3%. The six-year graduation rates also significantly exceeded the state’s rate.

Trustee Bruce Palmer pointed out that the District’s graduation rate placed it 40th of the 48 districts in the state, and he expressed his disappointment in the precipitous drop. He also pointed out that the graduation rate for the Native American subgroup had dropped to 45%, and it was 48% for the free-and-reduced lunch subgroup.

Superintendent Bowman told the Trustees that the high school principals and Dropout Prevention Coordinator will continue working with at-risk students to try to keep students from dropping out.

–Provided by FCSD1 Superintendent Mike Bowman