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Graduation rates at Tigard and Tualatin high schools dip slightly, while Sherwood sees a small increase.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Sherwood High School alumna Chloe Braithwaite is all smiles after receiving her diploma at graduation last year.While graduation rates at Tigard and Tualatin high schools dipped slightly, Sherwood saw a small increase in students who graduated in four years, according to recently released statistics by the Oregon Department of Education.

Those cohort graduation rates follow students who began high school four years earlier. Students who graduated on time in 2019-20 began high school in the 2016-17 school year.

In Sherwood, the 2019-20 adjusted cohort four-year graduation rate for all students was almost neck and neck with 2018-19 rates at 97.62%, compared to 97.54% the previous year. The rate for 2017-18 was 97.42%.

For Tigard High School, those numbers were down slightly for 2019-20 at 89.89%, compared to 91.58% in 2018-19. Graduation rates were 89.23% in 2017-18.

Tualatin High School dipped slightly too over the previous year, going from 94.43% in 2018-19 to 92.5% in 2019-20. Still, the most recent rates are slightly better than the 2017-18 year when the graduation rates were at 92.37%.

Oregon's statewide average of 82.63% marked another increase for the state. Its graduation rate has improved in each of the past six years; in 2014-15, it was 73.82%.

The Tigard-Tualatin School District as a whole posted an 86.06% on-time graduation rate, down slightly from 87.66% in 2018-19 but still coming in above the statewide average. That rate includes students at Creekside Community High School, the district's alternative high school, and elsewhere.

The Sherwood School District's on-time graduation rate matched Sherwood High School's graduation rate. The district is one of four based in Washington County to have only one neighborhood high school.

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