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High School Graduation Rates On The Rise

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The statewide graduation rate at Indiana high schools in 2012 ticked upward again, state education officials announced on Monday.  As StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, last year’s graduation rates represent a 10-percentage-point jump in five years.

The state’s numbers show 88-point-4 percent of Indiana students who started 9th grade in 2008 graduated in four years.  That’s up from just under 87 percent in 2011, and from just over 77 percent in 2007.  Nearly half of all graduates earned a so-called “Core 40” diploma, one that’s necessary to get into almost any Indiana college — up only slightly from 2011, but still a six-year high.  Though the statewide dropout rate ticked up a half a percentage point, dropout numbers in 2012 are half of what they were in 2007.  For StateImpact Indiana, I’m Kyle Stokes.


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