(photo courtesy of Penn High School)

The Indiana Department of Education has released the 2021 state graduation rates. The IDOE says data found that 86.7% of students in the class of 2021 graduated, down one percentage point from the previous year.

The IDOE says the rates correspond with research that shows substantial academic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Across our state, our educators, families and community leaders are working to be difference-makers in our students’ lives, preparing them not only for graduation but for the rapidly-changing world that awaits,” said Indiana Secretary of Education Dr. Katie Jenner. “Looking ahead into 2022 and beyond, we must continue to work together to ensure our students earn their high school diploma and have access to intentional post-secondary credentials in high school. This mission takes all of us as we strive to make an impact on our students’ lives, now and well into the future.”

This year, the department says data shows about 40% of Hoosier students graduated with a Core 40 honors diploma or an International Baccalaureate diploma.

The IDOE says it has launched several accelerated learning programs and is planning additional efforts for next year.

You can connect to the statewide-, corporation- and school-level graduation data by clicking here.