Here’s another cut at the 2020 go-on rates — a look at district- and school-level data.
As Idaho Education News first reported earlier this month, only 38 percent of Idaho’s high school graduates continued their education last fall. That translates into a 7 percentage point drop in the state’s “immediate,” spring-to-fall go-on rate, and pencils out to a difference of about 1,400 students.
Last week, Idaho Education News reported that the go-on rates dropped across every demographic group.
While these go-on numbers revealed some sharp decreases — a possible outgrowth from the coronavirus pandemic — the district- and school-level data isn’t quite as surprising. These numbers follow some trends that have played out in past years.
The Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, a perennial top performer, had the highest go-on rate for any high school with 25 graduates or more.
Here’s the top five (with district, where applicable): Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, 80.9 percent; Genesee School (Genesee School District), 78.6 percent; Meridian Medical Arts Charter School, 74.3 percent; Liberty Charter School, Nampa, 66.7 percent; Renaissance High School (West Ada School District), 61.5 percent.
Meanwhile, the state’s top performing district was northcentral Idaho’s Cottonwood School District.
The top five districts and charters: Cottonwood, 86.4 percent; Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, 80.9 percent; Genesee, 78.6 percent; North Star Charter School, Eagle, 77.3 percent; Cambridge, 71.4 percent.
The numbers for the tiny Cambridge district point up a reporting anomaly. Cambridge had only seven graduates in 2020 — and normally, the state does not release data for groups of fewer than 10 students. Idaho Education News appealed this policy and the state now releases graduation and go-on rates for all high schools and charters, regardless of size.
Low go-on rates
Again in 2020, alternative high schools and virtual charters account for the state’s lowest go-on rates. This year the state had 24 high schools with a 0 percent go-on rate.
But two large eastern Idaho districts had go-on rates well below the statewide average: Jefferson (24.4 percent) and Madison (20.7 percent). These numbers aren’t a new development either. Eastern Idaho’s immediate go-on rates usually lag behind the statewide numbers, since a large number of graduates go from high school to a mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Idaho’s large high schools
Here’s the breakdown for every high school with 250 graduates or more.
- Timberline High School (Boise School District): 60.6 percent.
- Coeur d’Alene High School (Coeur d’Alene School District): 58.8 percent.
- Boise High School (Boise): 54.6 percent.
- Lake City High School (Coeur d’Alene): 53.2 percent.
- Eagle High School (West Ada): 51.5 percent.
- Capital High School (Boise): 51.3 percent.
- Borah High School (Boise): 49.5 percent.
- Lewiston High School (Lewiston School District): 48.1 percent.
- Century High School (Pocatello-Chubbuck School District): 47.9 percent.
- Rocky Mountain High School (West Ada): 47.9 percent.
- Centennial High School (West Ada): 45.6 percent.
- Mountain View High School (West Ada): 45.4 percent.
- Highland High School (Pocatello-Chubbuck): 44.4 percent.
- Skyline Senior High School (Idaho Falls School District): 42.1 percent.
- Idaho Falls Senior High School (Idaho Falls): 40.9 percent.
- Meridian High School (West Ada): 40.5 percent.
- Skyview High School (Nampa School District): 38.2 percent.
- Post Falls High School (Post Falls School District): 36.6 percent.
- Thunder Ridge High School (Bonneville School District): 36 percent.
- Caldwell Senior High School (Caldwell School District): 33.9 percent.
- Nampa High School (Nampa): 33 percent.
- Ridgevue High School (Nampa): 30.2 percent.
- Kuna High School (Kuna School District): 28.8 percent.
- Rigby High School (Jefferson): 26.2 percent.
- Madison Senior High School (Madison): 23.1 percent.