- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The percentage of Wyoming high school students who graduated in four years dropped for the fourth consecutive year last year.

In one Fremont County district, none of its 23 seniors graduated on time, according to figures released by the Wyoming Education Department.

The agency reports that 77.5 percent of the state’s high school seniors graduated on time in 2013, down from 78.9 percent in 2012. The graduation rate has fallen since 2009, when it was 81.3.

State schools Superintendent Cindy Hill notes that nearly 83 percent of high school students graduate in six years.

“We know that districts work hard to ensure every student graduates, and some students take more than four years,” Hill said in a statement. “There is more to the story than data points. There are a lot of reasons why students do not graduate in four years. There are a lot of unknowns, but I do know that a number of those who do not graduate in four years are not dropouts, they are five or six year graduates.”

Vince Meyer, a senior statistician at the department, said Wyoming’s graduation rate historically has hovered around 76 percent to about 81 percent.

“There’s been no statistically significant change in graduation rates in a long term sense,” Meyer said.

Statistics show that in the 2012-13 school year 80.9 percent of female students in Wyoming graduated in four years, compared to 74.4 percent of male students.

About 88 percent of Asian students graduated, followed by 80 percent of white students, 71 percent of Hispanics, 66 percent of blacks and 42 percent of American Indians.

Fremont School District 38 reported all 23 of its senior high school class failed to graduate on time last year. Fremont School District 21 had only one of its 30 seniors graduate in four years.

Fremont County includes the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Five of the eight school districts in the county had graduation rates below the statewide average.

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