About 65 percent of Jackson County's public high school seniors graduated on time last school year, slightly below the state average, according to a state report released today.

About 65 percent of Jackson County's public high school seniors graduated on time last school year, slightly below the state average, according to a state report released today.

The state average was about 66.3 percent last year.

Butte Falls School District, with its tiny cohort of 19 seniors last year, had the highest on-time graduation rate at 90.5 percent, followed by Ashland with 86.4 percent.

Eagle Point School District had the lowest four-year rate at 58 percent, with the county's largest school district, Medford, not far ahead with 61.6 percent.

The Oregon Department of Education last year began holding schools responsible for not just how many students graduated but how many graduated within four years of starting high school. The intent was to encourage schools to focus providing instruction and assistance that help students graduate on time.

— Paris Achen