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Lynnville-Sully’s 2017 four-year graduation rate tops state average (Hometown Press article)

posted Apr 22, 2018, 9:17 PM by Shane Ehresman   [ updated Apr 22, 2018, 9:27 PM ]

Lynnville-Sully Superintendent Shane Ehresman announced on Apr. 11 the school’s 2017 four-year graduation rate of 97.06 percent exceeds the 91 percent average for the state of Iowa. This news comes following the press release by the Iowa Department of Education detailing Iowa’s high school graduation rate.

According to the release, Iowa’s high school graduation rate continues to show long-term progress, although the state experienced a slight decrease in 2017.

The figures released by the Iowa Department of Education show 91 percent of students in Iowa’s class of 2017 graduated within four years, down from 91.3 percent for the Class of 2016. However, since 2011, Iowa’s four-year graduation rate has climbed 2.7 percentage points overall. Iowa’s goal is to reach a 95 percent statewide graduation rate.

“High school graduation is an essential step for every student because it opens the door to postsecondary education and training opportunities that lead to rewarding jobs,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. “While I’m disappointed in this one-year decrease, our long-term trend is still on the rise and I’m confident we have the right road map in place for education.”

Lynnville-Sully ranks among the top schools in the area for the Class of 2017 graduation rates.

Iowa graduation rates are calculated with a formula established by the U.S. Department of Education. At the state level, the method helps determine when a student graduates, even if the student has switched districts in Iowa during high school.

To learn more about graduation rates from the Iowa Department of Education, visit