Morrow County Graduation Rate Higher than State Average

Students in the Morrow County School District are graduating at a higher rate than other students across the state of Oregon, according to graduation rates released today by the Oregon Department of Education.

The statewide cohort graduation rate for 2015-16 is 74.83%. Morrow County School District’s average is more than 10 percentage points above that figure at 85.14%. All three high schools in the county had higher rates than the state average. The graduation rates are:

Morrow County School District 85.14%
Heppner Jr.-Sr. High School 96.15%
Irrigon Jr.-Sr. High School 88.46%
Riverside Jr.-Sr. High School 82.09%

Figures are based on a 4-year cohort graduation rate, which includes all students who entered high school for the first time in 2012-2013 and earned their regular or modified high school diplomas by the end of August 2016 – essentially students who earned their diplomas within four years of high school.

Superintendent Dirk Dirksen said that he is pleased with the district’s results and continued improvement. “We have put some energy and focus into supporting students towards graduation. We have been monitoring attendance and student progress, communicating and supporting students so that they stay on track to graduate. I am pleased and thankful for the relationships, support and dedication our teachers, counselors, administrators and wraparound support staff have displayed towards our students. I am also very appreciative of our students and families as we have all partnered to communicate, stay engaged and support of one another to so that students in the Morrow County School District can graduate on time,” Dirksen said.

The Morrow County School District’s rates for specific student populations were also positive. The district average for Economically Disadvantaged Students was 85.85%, compared to the state rate of 68.05%; for Students with Disabilities the district rate was 87.50% while the state average was 55.50%; Limited English Proficient district average was 80% while the state average was 52.90%.

All three MCSD high schools exceeded the state average on most student categories:

  • For Hispanic/Latino students, the state average of 69.44% was surpassed by the district average of 87.18%. Riverside’s rate was 84.62% and Irrigon’s 95.83%, while Heppner’s average was 100%.
  • For Economically Disadvantaged students, the state average of 68.05% was surpassed by the district average of 85.85%. Riverside’s rate was 82.69%, Irrigon’s 89.74% and Heppner’s 100% .

More detailed information on the district’s graduation rates and rates for all school districts in Oregon can be found at:  http://www.oregon.gov/ode/reports-and-data/students/Pages/Cohort-Graduat....