The four-year graduation rate for Idaho high school students held steady in 2019, while the share of students who graduated in five years increased slightly.

The four-year rate for 2019 was 80.7 percent of students, compared to 80.6 percent in 2018, according to Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra. Some student groups, such as American-Indian students and black and African-American students, also saw increases in their four-year rates between the two years.

Other groups saw drops in their rates, though, including Hispanic and Latino students, students with disabilities, English learners, and migrant students.

This is the second year Idaho has calculated its five-year graduation rate, which saw a small increase from 2018: 82 percent to 82.8 percent. Some student groups saw increases in their five-year graduation rates, including students who are homeless, students in foster care, students with disabilities and English learners.

“Our results this year are modest, but I’m confident the great work of Idaho’s teachers and schools, plus the support offered by my department, will result in more gains in the future,” Ybarra said in a statement.

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