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Scappoose, St. Helens, Clatskanie high school grad rates still above state average

PMG GRAPHIC: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Graduation rates at high schools around Columbia County varied significantly. The lowest rates, as is typical, were at alternative schools, which take students who are struggling in conventional schools.High school graduation data for last school year was released Thursday, Jan. 23, showing an uptick in graduation rates for the state and south Columbia County high schools.

The state reached its highest ever four-year graduation rate of 80%. Oregon has long had one of the lowest graduation rates in the county.

In Scappoose, however, the high school has continued a track record of high graduation rates.

Of the 246 Oregon public high schools with more than 30 fourth-year students in 2018-19, Scappoose High School had the 26th highest graduation rate.

Scappoose had a 94.54% graduation rate, a small increase from the 2017-18 rate of 94.27%.

The biggest increase was at St. Helens High School, where the graduation rate jumped seven percentage points, from 80.73% in school year 2017-18 to 87.32% in 2018-19.PMG GRAPHIC: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Columbia County's overall four-year graduation rate was higher than the state average this year.

Columbia County Education Campus or Plymouth High School, formerly the alternative high school in St. Helens, had just 33 fourth-year students last year. The graduation rate was 34.4%. The four counties in the Northwest Regional Education Service District — Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington — all exceeded the state's overall graduation rate.

Columbia County was in the middle of the state's graduation rates, ranked 17 out of 36 counties.

Students who participated in career and technical education programs also had higher graduation rates. In St. Helens, the graduation rate for CTE participants was 5% higher than the overall graduation rate.

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