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RUSD 4-Year Graduation Rate Increases More Than Five Percent


For the fifth consecutive year, Racine Unified School District four-year high school graduation rates have increased and for the 2013-14 school year, the increase was significant – more than five percent! Since the 2009-10 school year, RUSD has increased its four-year graduation rate by a total of 11.1 percent.

RUSD is continuing to reduce the gap between the District and the state. For the 2013-14 school year, RUSD’s graduation rate increased by 5.3 percent to 78.1 percent. The state’s graduation rate increased by .6 percent to 88.6 percent.

“This is significant improvement and reflects the hard work of our RUSD staff – especially our high school staff,” said RUSD Superintendent Dr. Lolli Haws. “You can clearly see the results of our efforts to ensure Racine Unified students achieve our North Star Vision and graduate career or college ready. We are thrilled with this continued momentum.”

In addition to increasing overall four-year graduation rates, RUSD is making progress on closing achievement gaps. The graduation rate for Hispanic students saw the most significant increase from 61.6 percent in 2012-13 to 74.9 percent in 2013-14.

The graduation rate for African American students increased by more than five percent from 62 percent in 2012-13 to 67.1 percent in 2013-14.

“We expect our graduation rates to continue to improve over the coming years,” said Haws. “We have put strategies in place to specifically support our freshmen, to ensure they finish their first year of high school on track to graduate in four years. We are also planning to implement a school transformation initiative that will increase student engagement and success.”

Studies show that freshmen who have six or more credits by the end of their ninth grade year are four times more likely to graduate. In RUSD, freshmen cohorts, which are designed to help support freshmen by placing them in specific homeroom groups with a great deal of support from teachers, counselors and a freshmen advocate, are leading to an increased number of students completing their freshman year with six credits.

Next fall, RUSD will implement high school transformation, creating career pathways in all three comprehensive high schools (Case, Park and Horlick). These pathways will engage every student in a career pathway to prepare for a field of study or job after high school.