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Kansas high school graduation rates starting to see COVID stall

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Kansas high school graduation rates starting to see COVID stall
Kansas high school graduation rates starting to see COVID stall

The pandemic was always going to affect Kansas’ plan to eventually graduate 95% of its high school students, but education leaders are starting to get the first widespread picture of exactly how COVID has affected high schoolers’ academic careers.

A year after reaching a record 88.3%, Kansas’ four-year graduation rate dipped to 88.1% for the graduating class of 2021, state data shows.

While the rate itself still reflects a second-best high for Kansas, the latest batch of data does represent a hurdle that could continue as the state tries to reach its 95% goal, said education commissioner Randy Watson.

“It doesn’t surprise me that, because of COVID and the interruptions of a pandemic, we did drop slightly,” he said. “It wasn’t significant enough to think that we can’t rebound from it, but we’re going to watch it closely.”

https://www.cjonline.com/story/news/education/2022/02/06/kansas-high-school-graduation-rates-starting-see-covid-stall-college-job-training/9283399002/