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The Oregon Department of Education released statewide graduation rate data for the Class of 2022 on Thursday, January 26. The statewide rate for 21-22 students is 81.3%, which is the second highest graduation rate ever recorded in Oregon. The data also indicate gains for every student group compared to the previous year (20-21).

Athena-Weston School District’s graduation rate for 21-22 is 89.29%, almost eight percentage points higher than the statewide rate. This is for the four-year cohort (students who began their high school career in 18-19 and earned their diploma in four years). The district improved its rate from the year before (20-21) from 83.33%.

Across the country, students graduating in 2022 experienced interruptions to their learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ann Vescio, district Superintendent, said the Class of 2022’s graduation rate shows that those seniors overcame challenges to succeed, supported by their teachers and staff.

“Our district is dedicated to successful learning from kindergarten through senior year, and that was evident in the support the Class of 2022 seniors received to make the end of their high school careers a success,” Vescio said.

She also stated that Athena-Weston School District strives for a 100% graduation rate and has implemented a variety of supports that increase student achievement. “Our staff, parents and community are committed to the success of our kids, and our graduation rate reflects that commitment.”