Grad Rates Break District Records

Grad Rates Break District Records
Posted on 01/21/2022
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On January 20th the Oregon Department of Education released high school graduation rates for the Class of 2021. The graduation rate for the Estacada School District is the highest in district history at 87.29%, and outperforms the state by more than 7%. Estacada High School’s graduation rate was 84.92%, also outperforming the state. 

These numbers represent respectable growth and a tremendous amount of work across the district, even failing to take into consideration the challenging context of student achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Estacada High School Principal Amy Hudson attributes much of this success to “The perseverance of our Class of 2021, as well as our district and staff’s collective commitment to executing our strategic plan and holding our students accountable to high levels of learning.” 

Districtwide graduation rates have continued to rise each year. Since 2017, the district’s graduation rate has improved by more than 33%. The district and Estacada High School have also experienced notable success in closing achievement gaps- with students in poverty, students with disabilities, and hispanic/latino graduation rates soaring above the state average for those historically underserved populations. 

District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter notes “The incredible growth and outcomes that we are seeing are strong evidence that the improvement measures that we have put in place are working. We are closing gaps with a true dedication to inclusive practices and committing ourselves to the success of each and every child. Our workforce and community can be proud that our system of improvement is leading to significantly better outcomes for our children and for our community.”