Southeast Polk and Bondurant-Farrar school districts maintained graduation numbers well above the state average in 2012, according to figures released by the Iowa Department of Education last week.
Iowa’s four-year graduation rate increased slightly last year, from 88.32 percent to 89.26 percent in 2012. Bondurant-Farrar and Southeast Polk exceeded this number by about 10 and 7 percentage points, respectively.
With 99 percent of its seniors graduating on time in 2012, Bondurant-Farrar showed a graduation rate improvement for the fourth consecutive year. The district had a graduation rate of 89.9 percent only two years prior in 2010.
Superintendent Peggy Vint said the improvement is the result of “a concentrated effort” across the small rural district.