Cape Girardeau's graduation rate better than first thought

By Kathy Sweeney - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau's graduation rate appears to be better than first thought.

This fall, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will revise the district's graduation rate from 73 percent to 78 percent.  Superintendent Dr. Jim Welker said the change came after his staff poured over student information from the past several school years and found mistakes.

Among the mistakes, Welker said, were the fact that some students were counted twice, while others were not credited if they came back to school.

The new number comes as the United Way's Education Solutions Team gets ready to release its final report on student success for the Cape Girardeau School District, including raising the graduation rate, at the end of the month.

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