Education department disputes national survey

Laramie, WY – State Superintendent of Education Jim McBride says 82 percent of Wyoming high school students graduate on time. He disputes a statewide rate of 76 percent cited by the national group Alliance for Excellent Education, which recently published a report. McBride says either percentage is too low. Graduation rates vary in the state from 100 percent to 44 percent, and McBride says the districts that do best have solid leadership.

"It really behooves people to pay close attention who they elect to their school boards," McBride says.

McBride says he will continue to support raising the drop-out rate from age 16 to 18, which he believes will improve the graduation rate by 20 percent