LPS graduation rate is even better than before the pandemic despite statewide drop

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Nebraska Department of Education will reveal how well students and schools across our state are performing this Wednesday.

The new statewide assessment and accountability results come as Lincoln Public Schools just announced it’s improving in a critical area.

High school graduation rates are even better than before the pandemic derailed our nation’s education system.

LPS says the four-year graduation rate for the class of 2022 has risen two points to 83.9%.

That’s the highest graduation rate the district’s had since 2018 and it’s a trend seen at all six high schools.

Each one of them has improved since last year even as the statewide graduation rate dropped 0.4%.  But LPS leaders admit there’s more work to do.

Board member Annie Mumgaard said, “While disparities in the graduation rates for black students and students of two or more races decreased, disparities still exist.  As we celebrate this latest reflection of the outstanding work of our teachers and students, we also renew our commitment to raising the graduation rate for all students and eliminating the disparities for all disaggregated groups.”

The latest statewide assessment will be made public at 10 a.m. alongside a discussion breaking down the results.

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