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State graduation rates increase slightly
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
RICHMOND (AP) — About 89 percent of Virginia’s high school graduates earned their diplomas on time this year, compared to 88 percent in 2012, Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday.
During the same period, the statewide dropout rate fell from 6.5 percent to 5.9 percent.
Black students’ graduation rate increased 1.4 points to 84.1 percent. Their dropout rate declined from 9.3 percent to 8.7 percent.
Hispanic students’ graduation rate rose 2.4 points to 83.3 percent. Their dropout rate fell from 13.6 percent to 11.7 percent.
Graduation rates for students with disabilities and those who are limited-English proficient also improved.
The graduation rate for students with disabilities increased by 0.7 of a point to 85.6 percent. Their dropout rate declined from 10.9 percent to 10.5 percent. Limited-English proficient students’ graduation rate increased by 2.3 points to 81 percent. Their dropout rate fell from 17.1 percent to 15.5 percent.
“Behind these positive statistics are students, parents, teachers, counselors, and other educators who worked together to accomplish great things,” McDonnell said in a news release. “I congratulate all of these dedicated students, parents, and educators for their commitment to success, no matter the obstacles. The old saying remains true: ‘to get a great job you need a great education.’ More and more Virginia students are putting in the hard work, and getting that education. I applaud our students, parents, and teachers for making this progress possible.”
Overall, the percentage of students who earn a diploma in four years has increased by 7.8 points since 2008. Black students’ on-time graduation rate has increased 10.1 points and Hispanic students’ on-time graduation rate has risen by 12.1 points during the same period.