Malheur County graduation rates climb overall

The number of high school students graduating across Malheur County climbed in 2018, according to data released Thursday morning by the Oregon Department of Education.

Across Malheur County, 84.6 percent of the 383 students who were expected to graduate high school did so in 2018. That’s a jump of 2 percent from the 2017 graduating class.

The county’s overall rate tops Oregon’s graduation rate, which reached almost 80 percent.

Additionally, there was an upward trend of graduation rates for Hispanic and migrant student groups in Malheur County. The graduation rate for Hispanic students is 83 percent, up from 80.6 percent the year before.

Migrant students graduated at a rate of 84.5 percent in 2017-18. Their rates climbed from 76.5 percent the previous year.

Among the school districts in Malheur . . .