Tyler ISD touts graduation rates

Published on Monday, 5 May 2014 21:28 - Written by Staff Reports


Tyler ISD is celebrating after its graduation rate surpassed the state’s and nation’s.

The school district posted a 92 percent graduation rate for the class of 2012, according to a school district news release.

That rate is 4 percentage points above the state rate and 12 percentage points above the national rate for the same year.

“Tyler ISD has had a focused effort on improving graduation rates for the past seven years through work in secondary education, assessment and accountability and now in student services,” Dr. Karen Raney, TISD’s director of assessment and accountability, said. “We round-up students who do not return each fall and encourage them to re-enroll in high school to finish their diplomas. We also carefully track each and every student to ensure that the highest number possible graduate each year.”

When the rate is broken down by race, white students had the highest number at 94 percent. African-American students followed closely behind at 93 percent and Hispanic students had an 88 percent rate.

Economically disadvantaged students had a 91 percent graduation rate. And students with disabilities had an 80 percent graduation rate.

In every student group category, TISD outperformed the state and nation.

Year-to-year comparisons show the district’s graduation rate improved from 2011 to 2012 in five of the six categories.

These were: Hispanic, African-American, economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities and the all students categories.

“The improvements from 2011 to 2012 and the high graduation rates are evidence that what we are doing is working,” Dr. Raney said.

Statewide, in 2012, Texas’ 88 percent graduation rate tied for second with Nebraska, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Texas also had the highest graduation rates among African-American students (84 percent) and tied for the highest graduation rates for white (93 percent) and economically disadvantaged (85 percent) students.