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April 24, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Who’s graduating on time? In Everett, the rate keeps rising

The Everett school district used to have one of the worst on-time graduation rates in the Puget Sound area. But after a concerted effort over more than 10 years, the district has raised its on-time graduation rate from the low 50s in 2003 to more than 80 percent.

Last year, after a few years of stagnation, it saw another increase — from 81.8 percent in 2012, to 84.4 percent for the class of 2013.

gradratesThe district credits the rise with a renewed effort to examine, student by student, the problems and challenges that students encounter, said Jeannie Willard, the district’s on-time graduation coordinator. (How many school districts have a position like that?)

One new lesson: The district found that it helps to give students an immediate chance to catch up if they fail a class, not making them wait until the next semester, or summer school. Now, for example, teachers sometimes write contracts with students to finish missed work after a semester ends.

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