Malheur County high school graduation rate shows improvement

Recent state statistics show nearly 90 percent of Ontario High School seniors graduate. During the last five years, Ontario High School's graduation rate has improved by more than 24 percent. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – The number of high school students graduating across Malheur County climbed in 2018, according to data released last week 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 graduation rate tops the state average of 78.7 percent. Like Malheur County, Oregon high schools saw an increase of two points from the previous year.

“It’s important to remember that we are talking about students, not statistics,” Colt . . .