Walla Walla Public Schools post record-high graduation rates

Four and five-year graduation rates for Walla Walla Public School's Class of 2020 are rising.

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Walla Walla Public Schools system improved its graduation rate to a record-high 91.7 percent for the Class of 2020. This substantial improvement is a result of the public school system’s plan implemented in the 2016-17 school year.

Four-year graduation rates at WWPS are up 16.6 percent since the 2016-17 school year. As per the WWPS’ press release, there’s been exponential growth in five-year programs as well. With a 93.9 percent graduation rate for five-year programs in 2019, rates for these programs are up 8.9 percent since the initiative began.

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Back in 2016, Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Wade Smith took charge in this initiative to improve graduation rates. He was pivotal in initiating the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, which has seen great success up to this point.

“When the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan was established, school board members set a lofty target of reaching an 85% on-time graduation rate by 2022,” said Dr. Smith. “We surpassed this benchmark three years early and continue to make annual improvement.”

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