Most schools see graduation rates rise despite Covid

A sign expresses Vale Viking pride. (The Enterprise/File)

VALE – State officials reported last week that Vale High School posted a big jump in the percentage of seniors graduating despite the onset of the pandemic.

Figures released by the Oregon Department of Education showed a 9% gain in the graduation rate to 97% for the 2020 class in Vale.

The state report showed that Nyssa’s graduation rate improved by 2% and Ontario’s held steady. Adrian reported a gain of almost 2%, Harper a drop of 8% (with 11 out of 12 students graduating), and Jordan Valley held steady at 100%. 

Statewide, Oregon schools posted the highest proportion of students graduating high school in at least the last eight years as graduation rates climbed from 80% for the class of 2019 to 83 . . .