West Branch Community School District
April, 2018
Dear Superintendent Kevin Hatfield
Graduation Rates, 2016 (5 Year) / 2017 (4 Year):
The Department reports both a four-year and five-year cohort graduation rate. The four-year cohort graduation rate is calculated for the class of 2017 by dividing the number of students in the cohort who graduate with a regular high school diploma (numerator) in four years or less by the number of first-time 9th graders enrolled in the fall of 2013 minus the number of students who transferred out plus the total number of students who transferred in (denominator).
The five-year cohort graduation rate is calculated for the class of 2016 using a similar methodology as the four-year cohort rate.  This rate is calculated by dividing the number of students in the cohort who graduate with a regular high school diploma (numerator) in five years or less by the number of first-time 9th graders enrolled in the fall of 2012 minus the number of students who transferred out plus the total number of students who transferred in (denominator).
District Graduation Rates:

  • 2017 class 4 year cohort graduation rate:  94%
  • 2016 class 5 year cohort graduation rate:  98.31%

 
District Dropout Rates:

  • Number of grade 7-12 dropouts in 2016-17:  2
  • Number of grade 9-12 dropouts in 2016-17:  2
  • Grade 7-12 dropout rate in 2016-17:  0.54%
  • Grade 9-12 dropout rate in 2016-17:  0.8%

 
Jay Pennington, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Information and Analysis Services
Iowa Department of Education
 
“WBCSD Graduation / Dropout History” since new (2011-12) cohort calculations started – Mr. Hatfield
 

WBCSD 4 Year Graduation Rate

 
Year Percentage
2011-12 85.71
2012-13 91.04
2013-14 88.57
2014-15 96.55
2015-16 94.92
2016-17 94.00
 
WBCSD 5 Year Graduation Rate

 
Year Percentage
2011-12 92.86
2012-13 98.57
2013-14 97.14
2014-15 96.06
2015-16 98.12
2016-17 98.31
 
WBCSD Dropout Rate (7-12)

 
Year (Number) / Percentage
2011-12 (5) / 1.35
2012-13 (4) / 1.05
2013-14 (3) / 0.79
2014-15 (5) / 1.36
2015-16 (1) / 0.27
2016-17 (2) / 0.54

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the West Branch Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have any questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Jessica Burger, Elementary Principal, 148 North Oliphant St., West Branch, IA 52358, 319-643-7211, jburger@west-branch.k12.ia.us

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