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COOS COUNTY — The Oregon Department of Education released graduation rates from 2016-2017 and the Coquille School District scored as one of the best in the state.

Overall, Oregon now holds a graduation average of 76.56 percent. It is an improvement from last year’s 74 percent, at the time, making it third worst in the nation.

“When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act two years ago to ensure local educators got more of a leadership role in the classroom, I worked to get more students across the stage on graduation day and to track for the first time the graduation rates of students experiencing homelessness or living in foster homes,” said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden in a press release.

“Today’s overall results in Oregon have two takeaways: One, while more work needs to be done to lift graduation rates, progress has been achieved thanks to Oregon’s hard-working educators proving they can make a difference for all students,” Wyden continued. “And two, my amendment requiring data on graduation rates for teen-agers who are homeless or living in foster homes shows how much work remains to get those students the support they need to succeed in school.”

In Coos County, the Coquille School District skyrocketed over the state average with a 92.45 graduation rate.

Behind Coquille came the Powers School District at 90.91 percent.

The North Bend School District overall came in last in the county at 49.58 percent. However, North Bend High School on its own scored 81.46 percent.

School officials have told The World in past interviews the reason for this is because the Oregon Virtual Academy scores bring the district down, but its high school usually does well.

Similarly, the Coos Bay School District scored a low 62.31 percent but Marshfield High School came in with an 81.77 percent graduation rate.

The Bandon School District scored just below the state average at 73.21, followed by Port Orford-Langlois School District at 70 percent.

Myrtle Point Schools brought in a score of 65.85 percent.

In a press release, the Oregon Education Association President John Larson praised educators for their hard work in educating students.

“It’s encouraging to see improvement in statewide graduation rates,” Larson said. “Despite this growth, it is clear there is still a long way to go. Without adequate funding, we will never be able to give our students the opportunity to reach their full potential. Oregonians must come together and solve our school funding crisis.”

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at jillian.ward@theworldlink.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.

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