North Carolina graduation rate is best ever

August 4, 2011 9:54:04 AM PDT
State education officials announced Thursday that North Carolina's four-year high school graduation rate has hit the highest level ever reported.

The Department of Public Instruction released the annual ABCs of Public Education report, which shows how students performed on end-of-the year and end-of-course tests taken in grades 3 through 12.

The report shows rising high school graduation rates, but fewer students meeting a key learning standard.

Graduation rates improved in 2011 with almost 8 out of 10 students - or 77.7 percent - completing high school four years after they start.

But the schools meeting academic growth standards fell from 88 percent in 2009-10 to 81 percent last year.

Read the report at under "News."

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