Graduation rates among minorities/ disadvantaged students rise across Topeka public schools

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TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)-- In a release sent to the media this morning, the USD 501 said their graduation rates are up 14% district-wide over the past ten years, going from 67.3% in 2010 to 81.3% in 2019.

Topeka High and Highland Park high schools both experienced a more than 10 percent graduation rate increase over the past four years.

USD 501 said other highlights include the highest graduation rates for economically disadvantaged, English Language Learners, special education, and African-American students.

Topeka West saw it's own success. The chargers have one of the highest graduation rates in the county at 95 percent and for the first time ever saw a 100 percent graduation rate among African-American students.

Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson says their goal is to close opportunity gaps that prevent students from accessing college and careers.

Dr. Anderson says "This is a place that is founded on removing barriers and a place that has demonstrated barriers and leadership in the area of rooting for the marginalized students and ensuring all students have access to all kinds of quality we want for our own child"