While they add the graduation rate is improving, it's a challenge they continue to work on. The Joplin High School class of 2012 had a 78.5% graduation rate, which falls below the state average.
"We're working to make sure kids don't fall behind. We're pleased with our successes. It takes a while though because education isn't about one year of a child's life, it really is about 12," says Dr. Angie Besendorf, JHS Assistant Superintendent.
The new state system ranks the graduation rate as the second most important category, with student performance being first.