Wisconsin’s high school graduation rates increasing

La Crosse's rates remain above state average

Wisconsin high schools are seeing an upward trend in the number of students graduating.

The class of 2014 had a statewide graduation rate of 88-percent. That’s based on new numbers from Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction.

The numbers show nearly a 3-percent increase from the 2009-10 school year.

In the La Crosse School district the numbers are a couple of percentage points above the state average. One school administrator says the increase is due to the emphasis the community puts on education.

“Our community really values education. The primary source for that will be in the house of course and when they get the school house we’ve got great educators that really care about children. They put a lot of effort into shepherding students through their graduation completion,” said La Crosse School District Associate Superintendent Doctor Troy Harcey.

For students who completed public high school in the 2013-14 school year, 59-percent enrolled in a college or university in the fall of the same year.