District Continues to make Significant Improvement on its Graduation and Dropout Rate

The Sioux City Community School District continues to make significant improvement on its graduation rate, while maintaining a low dropout rate, according to the Iowa Department of Education. The District’s 2015-2016 four-year graduation rate rose to 87.5 percent, just shy of the state’s average of 91.3 percent. The five-year graduation rate rose to 90.53 percent. The District’s 9-12 dropout rate is 3.09 percent.

The State of Iowa began using the consistent federal formula for graduation rates in the 2009-2010 school year, and since that time, the District’s four-year graduation rate has increased 8 percent, while number of students who dropped out has decreased by 3 percent.

“This celebration for the school district is the result of the hard work of our staff and students. We continue to hold one of the highest graduation rates of the urban school districts in the state, and this increase is truly remarkable.  While we have a great deal of work yet to do; I thank our staff members for their commitment to our students by giving them every opportunity to succeed,” said Dr. Paul R. Gausman, superintendent for the Sioux City Community School District.