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Sherman Among the Nation’s Top Five for Highest Graduation Rate

Sherman has been ranked as one of the nation’s top five metropolitan areas in terms of high school graduation. In the July issue of Texas Lone Star, a publication of the Texas Association of School Boards, the magazine highlights Texas High Schools that are among America’s best in the nation. The cities of Sherman and Denison are ranked as one of the top Texas towns in the nation with the highest graduation rate.

“We are proud of our graduation rate,” SISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Susan Whitenack expressed. “We begin by talking about the importance of graduation early in our students’ academic careers and our teachers, counselors, and principals intentionally plan lessons and activities that encourage students to reach their goals.”

The article cites data from the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute which reports that high school graduation rates are the highest in the country in five Texas metro areas: Wichita Falls – 97.4 percent; Midland – 96.7 percent; Beaumont-Port Arthur – 96.4 percent; Lubbock – 95.3 percent; and Sherman-Denison – 94.6 percent. Additionally, the article explains that according to a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), about 85 percent of high school students in the nation graduate with a diploma, putting Sherman ISD a little over nine points higher than the national average. Sherman ISD Assistant Superintendent of Student Engagement Dr. Tamy Smalskas credits the district’s strategic college and career readiness push for the high school graduation rate ranking.

“Our goal is to help our students plan beyond their high school graduation. Through our college and career readiness push, we help our students receive industry-standard certifications, college acceptance letters and study career paths they are interested in,” Dr. Smalskas explained. “As we design and set up academic programs with a college and career readiness focus, it allows our students to reach their high school graduation milestone and graduate with post-secondary plans.”

The article’s information is based on statistical data from the NCES from 2016-2017. The Texas Education Agency now reports Sherman ISD at a 98 percent graduation rate for 2018.

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