The Iowa Department of Education released statewide graduation rates for the Class of 2017 – showing that the Dubuque Community School District again had strong results, with the district’s four-year graduation rate at 89.68 percent, just below the state average of 91 percent and essentially stable from last year’s 89.76.

“To put this rate into perspective, it is important to look at Dubuque’s performance compared to large district’s in the state that are similar to us,” said Superintendent Stan Rheingans. “When you look at Dubuque in this peer group, we have the second highest graduation rate – something we are very proud of for a complex district like ours.”

Here are the Class of 2017 four-year graduation rates for the Urban Education Network school districts:

  • Iowa City: 90.24
  • Dubuque: 89.68
  • Council Bluffs: 88.42
  • Waterloo: 84.15
  • Sioux City: 83.85
  • Cedar Rapids: 83.73
  • Davenport: 83.13
  • Des Moines: 82.45

“While our graduation rate remains solid, we still have work to do to push it even higher,” said Rheingans. “We will work hard to dig deeply into the data as we work to move the graduation rate to 92 percent by 2023.”