The Wyoming Department of Education has announced that high school graduation rates increased to 81.7 percent in 2017-18, which marked the fifth consecutive year of improvement from the class of 2013’s 77.6 percent graduation rate. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow says that students getting a high school diploma is a watershed moment – and it means they are now ready to start a career, go off to college, or join the military. The department listed fifteen Wyoming school districts that posted graduation rates of 90 percent or above, but that list did not include Teton County School District #1. That absence may be misleading since Jackson Hole High School enjoys a 91.1% graduation rate. The alternative Summit High School saw nine of their 31 seniors not achieve graduation, and their lower rate of 71% brings the total district average down to 81%. The state department of education has been monitoring graduation rates in the state’s school districts for the past 8 years.