State grad rate makes top 10 Local numbers have risen steadily during the last few years


The state high school graduation rate, as well as the local Lebanon High School rate, has steadily climbed over the past four years, and now Missouri ranks in the top 10 in the nation in regards to graduation rate.

“I think it’s awesome that the state is in the top 10 in the nation with gradation rate. I think that speaks volumes for education in Missouri. We truly are committed to student success and ensuring that all kids are ready for life beyond high school,” said LHS Principal Kevin Lowery.

The four-year high school graduation rate for the state has increased from 81 percent in 2011 to 87.8 percent in 2015. Missouri is now above the national average rate of 83.2 percent and is ranked in the top 10 of the nation.

“Missouri’s top 10 in the nation graduation rate is another solid indication that the work we’ve done to support public education is having a positive impact on students and families across our state,” Gov. Jay Nixon said in a media release. “Behind these numbers are thousands of students who are graduating from high school and going on to pursue college degrees and rewarding careers. I want to thank all of Missouri’s public school teachers, administrators and board members who work tirelessly each day to build a brighter future for their students.”

The governor says he has made public education a top priority while in office, increasing the school funding formula by nearly $400 million from 2009 to 2016. The recently released Annual Performance Report from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education showed that all 517 school districts in the state received scores in the accredited range.

While the state is celebrating its victories, locally there is probably a little more to brag about. Lebanon’s graduation rate is even higher than the state’s rate. At LHS, 93.7 percent of seniors will graduate this year.

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<p>Kevin Lowery</p>

<p>Gov. Jay Nixon</p>

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