MHS increases graduation rate by 8 percent

High schools are in the business to graduate students, and at Marshalltown High School, that business appears to be improving.

The school district announced a graduation rate increase of 8 percent from 77 to 85 percent of its students.

This rate reflects the class that graduated in 2012.

“We’re extremely proud of our students and our staff and the tremendous work they’ve done over a number of years,” said MHS Principal Aiddy Phomvisay. “To see an 8 percent increase is indicative of the tremendous focus of all students on being successful and staff and teachers working in concert to meet the needs of our students. We dream about numbers like this – that’s our goal.”

This rate is figured through the state Department of Education, which is why it takes so long to get last year’s numbers. The state reported the highest graduation rate in the nation overall, reaching 89 percent.

Phomvisay also said they do not just focus on the graduation number, they also continue to put an emphasis on making students career and college ready and creating a positive culture at the school.

Phomvisay said they will continue to try to push the graduation rate higher. The district has a lofty goal of a 95 percent graduation rate by 2014 as part of its strategic action plan.

“We have a vision of even greater achievement,” he said. “We will not rest on our laurels.”