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Tyler ISD graduation rates exceed state, nation

TYLER, May 3, 2014-- The United States Department of Education this week released a study showing 2012 graduation rates of Texas students to be among the highest in the country.

Texas posted a graduation rate of 88 percent, coming in behind only Iowa and tied for second place with Nebraska, Vermont and Wisconsin. Furthermore, in 2012, Texas had the highest graduation rates among African-American students and tied for the highest graduation rates for white and economically disadvantaged students.

Tyler ISD applauds districts across the State in their achievements and celebrates additional good news of its own. The District’s 2012 graduation rate hit 92 percent, beating the state average by 4 percent. Furthermore, Tyler ISD graduation rates exceeded the State and the Nation in every demographic group.

Class of 2012

TEXAS

UNITED STATES

Tyler ISD

All Students

88%

80%

92%

White

93%

86%

94%

Hispanic

84%

73%

88%

African-American

84%

69%

93%

Economically Disadvantaged

85%

72%

91%

Students with Disabilities

77%

61%

80%

“Tyler ISD has had a focused effort on improving graduation rates for the past seven years through work in Secondary Education, Assessment and Accountability and now in Student Services,” Dr. Karen Raney, Tyler ISD director of assessment and accountability, said. “We round up students who do not return each fall and encourage them to re-enroll in high school to finish their diplomas.  We also carefully track each and every student to ensure that the highest number possible graduate each year. ”

Additionally, the District’s 2012 graduation rates increased over 2011 rates among students who are Hispanic, African-American, economically disadvantaged and those with disabilities. The rate stayed the same for white students. The graduation rate for all Tyler ISD students jumped 5 percent from 87 percent in 2011 to 92 percent in 2012.

Class of 2011

TEXAS

UNITED STATES

Tyler ISD

All Students

86%

79%

87%

White

92%

84%

94%

Hispanic

82%

71%

84%

African-American

81%

67%

85%

Economically Disadvantaged

84%

70%

84%

Students with Disabilities

77%

59%

72%

“The improvements from 2011 to 2012 and the high graduation rates are evidence that what we are doing is working,” said Dr. Raney.

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