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Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District shows improvement in graduation, dropout rates

The Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District saw an improvement in graduation and dropout rates last year.

The district's four-year graduation rate in 2016 was 90.6 percent, jumping 1.2 percentage points form 2015 when the rate was 89.4 percent. The statewide four-year graduation rate in 2016 was 78.9 percent, a 1.6 percentage point improvement over 2015, according to data released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Education.

"What really stands out to me in our graduation rates, is the vast majority of students who are fulfilling their potential," Superintendent Dan Seegmiller said in an email after the results were release. "It's a great thing for our community."

The four-year, or "on-time" graduation rate reflects the percentage of students who receive a diploma within four years of completing eighth grade.

The state also released dropout rate data. In Windsor, the dropout rate was 0.5 percent in 2016, marking a slight improvement from 2015 when the rate was 0.7 percent.

Statewide, the dropout rate was 2.3 percent in 2016 and 2.5 percent in 2015.

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The dropout rate reflects the percentage of all students enrolled in grades 7-12 who left school without transferring to another educational environment in a single school year, according to the Education Department.

It is calculated by dividing the number of dropouts by the total number of students in those grades.

"Improving these rates is an indication to me that students are not only working hard, but that they are motivated by the innovative opportunities offered at our schools," Seegmiller said.

He said the improvement in dropout and graduation rates tell only part of the story of the success students find in the district.

"As proud as we are of our students for meeting this important milestone in their lives, we're even prouder that 89 percent of our graduates go on to post-secondary education, and that 10 percent enter the military or workforce," he said. "Our graduates receive United States Military Academy appointments and Boettcher Foundation and Daniels Fund scholarship awards. They go on to have successful careers in a variety of industries."