Most high schools in Malheur County see graduation rates rise, top state average

This chart shows the graduation rates for local school districts for the 2018-19 school year compared to the state average.

VALE – Recently released data from the Oregon Department of Education shows that the overall graduation rate for high schools in Malheur County has slightly improved and is above the state average.

Vale was the only local district to see a decline, but still remained well above the statewide mark.

The state average hit 80%, the highest statewide graduation rate recorded in Oregon. 

Vale had a graduation rate of 88% for the 2018-19 school year, down from 91% the year prior.

District officials said the dip was a result of the fluctuating numbers of students from year to year, and the effect a single student dropping out can have on the graduation rate . . .