The Indiana Department of Education on Friday unveiled the 2022 state graduation rates. The data shows 86.61% of students in the class of 2022 graduated, which is less than one-tenth of a percent lower than the previous year.
Indiana’s graduation rate remains higher than the federal graduation rate, which also fell slightly to 85.12%.
Additionally, the IDOE said the non-waiver graduation rate improved from 78.78% in 2021 to 80.58% in 2022. Students who receive graduation waivers have been unsuccessful in completing postsecondary-readiness competency requirements by the conclusion of their senior year, according to the department.
Throughout the state, graduation rates also rose in several specific categories:
- Black students – from 77.05% in 2021 to 77.52% in 2022
- Hispanic students – from 82.66% in 2021 to 83.86% in 2022
- English Learners – from 82.80% in 2021 to 85.60% in 2022
- Special education students – from 74.52% in 2021 to 76.39% in 2022
- Students receiving free and reduced price meals – from 82.84% in 2021 to 83.74% in 2022
“As we seek new and innovative ways to ensure students are best prepared for their future, we must continue to rethink how those four years are structured,” Indiana Secretary of Education Dr. Katie Jenner said in a news release. “This includes increasing the number of students having access to a high-value postsecondary credential before graduation, increasing access to high-quality, work-based learning opportunities that allow for additional skill development, as well as providing flexibility for high schools – allowing them to focus on strategic, rigorous coursework that is purposeful for each student’s unique path.”
You can download a spreadsheet with statewide, school corporation, and individual school graduation data by clicking here.