Puyallup schools set district graduation record

The Puyallup School District hit a record high with 84.6 percent of students who graduated on time in 2014, as well as the highest-ever percentage (87.3 percent) of students who earned their diploma in five years, district officials announced.

Puyallup is also above the state average for both measures, according to information released by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Statewide, 77.2 percent of students graduated on time, while 79.9 percent graduated in five years.

The numbers were announced at a recent meeting of the Puyallup School Board.

Some of the largest gains in 2014 were seen at Walker High School, Puyallup’s alternative high school, which increased nearly 12 percentage points in its on-time graduation rate.

The numbers represent a steady upward trend over the past four years for Puyallup.