Morrow County Sees Graduation Rates Increase 3 Straight Years


For the third year in a row, the Morrow County School District improved its overall graduation rate by more than 3 percentage points, from 88.02 percent for 2018-19 to 91.62 percent for 2019-20.

Graduation data was released this morning by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

The district’s graduation rate is 8.99 percent higher than the state average of 82.63 percent. This is the four-year cohort rate, which means students who earned their regular diplomas within four years of high school. The 2019-20 four-year cohort consists of students who first entered high school in 2016-17.

The ODE also reported the four-year cohort completer rate, which includes students who earned a standard high school diploma, as well as those who were awarded an extended high school diploma, or GED (General Education Diploma), within the four years being measured. Morrow County’s four-year completer rate is 98.2 percent. Dirk Dirksen, school district superintendent, said the district had nine students who earned their GEDs and are included in that rate.

Below are the four-year cohort graduation rates and four-year completer rates for each of district’s schools:

  • Irrigon Jr/Sr High: 93.55% and 98.39%
  • Heppner Jr/Sr High: 95.83% and 100%
  • Morrow Education Center: 58.82% and 88.24%
  • Riverside Jr/Sr High: 96.88 percent and 100%

Dirksen said the graduation rates are great news for Morrow County School District.

“Having been a part of MCSD for 40 years, I cannot be prouder of the work it took to reach these graduation rates,” said Dirksen. “This takes tremendous commitment and effort by every staff member, parent and student.”