INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Department of Education says the state's high school graduation rates from 2013 are virtually the same as from the year before.
Figures released Wednesday show about 88 percent of students passed their year-end assessments, a tenth of a percentage point lower than 2012.
East Chicago Central High School increased by a few percentage points to 82 percent. Of 263 seniors, 216 graduated in 2013.
Of 155 seniors at Gary Roosevelt in 2013, only 64 graduated for a rate of 41.3 percent. The Roosevelt College and Career Academy is operated by Tennessee-based EdisonLearning Inc. The state appointed the private management company to operate the high school, servings students in grades 7-12, after several consecutive years of failure under the Gary Community School Corp. EdisonLearning's Roosevelt also earned an F from the state.
The state data shows that higher rates of students attending private schools graduated. About 93 percent from those schools passed compared to the public school average of about 88 percent.
The data show black children were least likely to graduate compared to students of other races. English learners and special education students also were less likely to pass.
About 81 percent of students who did not receive a waiver passed, up about a percentage point from 2012.