Topeka Public Schools tout surge of student success

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) Topeka USD 501 is touting an uptick in graduation rates and student success among their schools.

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.

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

According to USD 501, more than 1,000 students have taken the ACT since USD 501 started paying the college entrance exam's fee.

501 officials say Topeka West High School has one of the highest graduation rates in the county at 95%.

District officials say both Topeka High and Highland Park High Schools both experienced more than a 10% graduation rate increase over the past four years. Both were below 70% and are now above 80%.

The district credits part of the success to the monthly data consultations and senior tracking system they began using district-wide under Dr. Tiffany Anderson's leadership, as well as introducing programs that allow middle and high schoolers to plan their potential career pathway early.