Graduation Rates Increasing In Spokane Schools

SPOKANE, Wash. - It has been a thorn in the side of the Spokane School District but now school officials say more kids will graduate this year compared to last year thanks to several new programs.

The district says the increased success of their students has to do with better student tracking and more specialized learning programs.

The district implemented On Track Academy, which allows more individual attention and community internships for students who are behind in credits.

They also created the Community School, which is driven by student choices and hands on projects.

Fred Schrumpf, the principal at Havermale High School, says these programs are working because they recognize not every high school student learns the same way.

"One size fits all is something we think about in education, but actually we need a variety of different programs for different students, different needs, different learning styles and different interests," Schrumpf said.

This year 70-percent of the students in Spokane Public Schools will graduate on time, which is up about 10-percent from last year. While the district says this is great news they add they have a long way to go.

The next step will be to make sure kids are staying on track in both elementary and middle school.