Canyon Ridge Graduates

Canyon Ridge High School graduates participate in a walking tour of I.B. Perrine Elementary School in May 2016 in Twin Falls.

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BOISE — The Idaho Department of Education has released high school graduation rates for the 2015-16 school year.

Statewide, 79.5 percent of students earned a high school diploma within four years. That’s an increase over 78.9 percent during the 2014-15 school year.

“This is proof that we are seeing a positive trend in our graduation rate under the four-year calculation, and it shows the hard work that is being done at the local level to emphasize the importance of achieving a high school diploma,” Superintendent Sherri Ybarra wrote in a statement.

Here in south-central Idaho, graduation rates range from 25.33 percent at Mt. Harrison Junior/Senior High School to 100 percent at Carey Public School, Declo Senior High School and Oakley Junior/Senior High School.

The Idaho Department of Education is required to release graduation rates every year. It’s the third year of cohort reporting — a new federal calculation.

It counts some students as non-graduates who were previously counted, explaining why graduation rates have dropped for some school districts.

The changes have drawn concerns and criticism from some south-central Idaho school leaders.

Some examples of non-graduates: alternative school students who are in school completing credits to graduate, students who earned a GED, special education students who earned a diploma under adapted guidelines and students who transferred out of state without official documentation.

Here are graduation rates for south-central Idaho school districts. Data wasn’t available for Bliss, Camas County and Murtaugh.

Blaine County

Total: 89 percent

Carey Public School: 100 percent (17 graduates)

Silver Creek High School: 50 percent (9 graduates)

Wood River High School: 91.95 percent (160 graduates)

Buhl: 77.78 percent (70 graduates)

Cassia County

Total: 90.57 percent

Burley High School: 90.91 percent (190 graduates)

Cassia Junior/Senior High School: 65 percent (26 graduates)

Declo Senior High School: 100 percent (68 graduates)

Oakley Junior/Senior High School: 100 percent (31 graduates)

Raft River Junior/Senior High School: 91.3 percent (21 graduates)

Castleford: 75.86 percent (22 graduates)

Dietrich: 76.92 percent (10 graduates)

Filer: 75.93 percent (82 graduates)

Gooding: 79.78 percent (71 graduates)

Hagerman: 87.5 percent (21 graduates)

Hansen: 95.45 percent (21 graduates)

Jerome: 76.34 percent (200 graduates)

Kimberly: 86.84 percent (99 graduates)

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Minidoka County

Total: 73.93 percent

Minico High School: 89.91 percent (205 graduates)

Mt. Harrison Junior/Senior High School: 25.33 percent (19 graduates)

North Valley Academy: 81.82 percent (nine graduates)

Richfield: 87.5 percent (14 graduates)

Shoshone: 74.29 percent (26 graduates)

Twin Falls

Total: 76.21 percent

Canyon Ridge High School: 88.28 percent (226 graduates)

Magic Valley High School: 38.73 percent (55 graduates)

Twin Falls High School: 85.48 percent (206 graduates)

Wendell: 76.74 percent (66 graduates)

Xavier Charter School in Twin Falls: 95 percent (19 graduates)

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