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Four Laramie County high schools above State's average graduation rate

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The Wyoming Department of Education released a report today that shows a slight increase in Wyoming high school graduation rates for the 2014-15 school year, Mar. 28. Wyoming’s “on-time” graduation increased from 78.6 percent in the 2013-14 year to 79.41 percent in 2014-15. "When a student gets their diploma, they're really setting the stage for future success," Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said today during a press conference. "We really have an opportunity to make high school education valuable for every student, so that all students can graduate." As for Laramie County School District 1, the average graduation rate is reported at 75.46 percent for the 2014-15 year. Meaning that out of the enrolled 974 students, 735 had graduated.​ *Individual high school graduation rates for 2014-15 in Laramie County School Districts:**LCSD1:* - Central High School: 89.63% - East High School: 84.08% - South High School: 69.23% - Triumph High School: 22.23% *LCSD2: * - Burns Jr. and Sr. High School: 87.5% - Pine Bluffs Jr. and Sr. High School: 85.71% *"With that transition into (ESSA) Every Student Succeeds Act, what you have is a requirement to pay closer attention," Chief Policy Officer Brent Young said today. "Under (NCLB) No Child Left Behind it was a broad look at graduation, and now there's that requirement to take a look at specific graduation rates, and in particular where there are gaps for students across the state of Wyoming."* The Every Student Succeeds Act requires close monitoring of graduation rates and intentional work to ensure individual student growth. Seven Wyoming schools achieved a 100 percent graduation rate: - Burlington High School, Big Horn #1 - Cokeville High School, Lincoln #2 - Meeteetse School, Park #16 - Chugwater High School, Platte #1 - Guernsey-Sunrise High School, Platte #2 - Skyline Academy, Sublette #1 - Ten Sleep K-12, Washakie #2 “We applaud the efforts of our high schools to graduate more students last year, however we are not where we want to be,” said State Superintendent Jillian Balow. "Graduation rates set the table for students in many ways, we really want to encourage a culture where our students aren't contemplating dropping out of school, but rather ask, 'Why would I, when there are so many opportunities afforded to me both during high school and afterward?' We want all students to graduate from high school so that they're ready for those next steps in life whether that's college, career, or military." See the full list of graduation rate statistics here . #shortgo #news