Recently, the Iowa Department of Education announced graduation and dropout rates for the 2019-20 school year with the State average coming in at 91.8%, a decrease of 0.2% from 2019. The Fairfield Community School District came in below the State average with a rate of 90.9%, however that was a 0.4% increase from 2019. Sigourney Schools jumped 12.2% and graduated all students in the 19-20 School year.
Cardinal increased 4.8% for a rate of 97%. Superintendent Joel Pederson said “The graduation data is a testament to everyone working at Cardinal and although they are pleased with the number, they won’t stop until they reach a 100% graduation rate. In efforts to increase graduation rates, this year Cardinal piloted a Career and College Counselor program. In the program, a student is assigned to a counselor with the sole purpose of focusing on a student’s goal for life after graduation. The counselor and student look at what can be done in the present to make that goal a reality, with the program to be fully implemented next school year.”
Pekin wasn’t far behind Cardinal with a rate of 96.1%, which actually represented a 1.8% drop from the previous year. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont graduated 95.4% of it’s students, a 1.7% increase, Davis County 96.2% rate, down 0.4%. Ottumwa was up 2.3% to 88.9%. Van Buren County was down to a rate of 88.2%, falling 8.6%.