For the graduating classes of 2014, 82.3% of high school seniors successfully graduated from high school. Iowa seniors, on the other hand, graduated at a rate of 90.5%, or 8.2% above the national average for the same time period.
Here in northwest Iowa, most schools are beating the statewide average, and all that we looked at are above the national average. According to the Iowa Department of Education’s Bureau of Information and Analysis, Sheldon and MOC-Floyd Valley districts led the region in 2014, graduating 97% of their seniors. Central Lyon, West Lyon, Sibley-Ocheyedan, and George-Little Rock all graduated slightly more than 96% of their senior class, while South O’Brien had an 89.66% graduation rate, and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn had an 88.89% graduation rate.
The numbers released by the Iowa Department of Education are for public schools in Iowa, and were for students who were seniors in the 2013-2014 school year.