The on-time graduation rate for Lincoln Public Schools students who graduated in 2017 remained essentially unchanged from last year.

This year, 85.2 percent of seniors graduated, compared with 85.6 percent last year, despite growing enrollment.

The dropout rate remained unchanged at 6.2 percent, and more students remained in school to continue to work toward graduation. The “still attending” rate was 8.6 percent of the senior class, or 204 students.

LPS and the state also track students who graduate in their fifth and sixth years. While some graduate after more than six years, Lorenzo Ramos-Diaz, who graduated four years after the rest of his class, is a rarity, LPS officials said.

The state graduation rate is 89.11 percent, down slightly from 89.27 last year. The state and LPS rates differ because the state includes students who transfer from other districts during their high school years. LPS includes only students who start as freshmen and remain at LPS four years.

The state calculates the LPS rate at 82.79 this year, down slightly from 83.24.

Individual high school graduation rates for 2017:

Lincoln High: 69.8 percent (76.4 in 2016)

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Lincoln East: 94.5 (93.6)

Northeast: 74.7 (81.1)

Southeast: 90.1 (87.1)

Southwest: 93.9 (93.3)

North Star: 85.1 (80.7)

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Education reporter

Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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