Four-year graduation rates in the Longview School District dropped slightly in Longview last year, according to a report Superintendent Dan Zorn planned to give the school board Monday night

The current estimate for the class of 2019 is 85.9%, down from 2018’s seven-year high of 88.1%. The numbers are not final, but Zorn said he doesn’t anticipate much of a change.

Zorn said while this year’s rate is slightly lower than the rate for 2018, it still was the district’s second highest graduation rate in the past eight years.

“The 2 percent (decrease) is something we’re watching, but at the same time we still feel really good about that number,” Zorn said.

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The 2019 state graduation rate isn’t yet available, but Zorn said he believes Longview’s rate will be above the state average, just as it has been for the past two years.

Zorn said the 2019 graduation rate still shows a big-picture upward trend, as it’s still a significant improvement from 2012, when the district’s four-year graduation rate was 67.3%.

The school board also reviewed a draft of board goals for the 2019-2020 school year and discussed creating a policy committee, which would review proposed policy changes and made recommendations to the board. The board will continue to discuss the possibility of creating the committee.

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