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Feds say Delaware graduation rate on the rise

Delaware Public Media

Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Education says the First State’s graduation rate went up substantially.

According to the feds, Delaware saw the biggest rise in graduation rate of any state,  jumping from 80.4 percent in the 2012-2013 school year to 87 percent in 2013-2014 - the most recent school year measured.

In all, 36 states showed improvement in graduation rates, while only five showed declines.

Delaware’s Department of Education reported the state’s graduation rate for the 2013-2014 at an all-time high of 84.4 percent – up from 79.9 in 2012-2013.

The federal report shows the First State making gains across the board.  The graduation rate among black students rose 7 points to 83 percent, while the rate among Hispanic students was up 6 points to 84 percent.

Economically disadvantaged students also saw an increase from 74 to 81 percent, while the graduation rate among children with disabilities rose from 60 to 68 percent.

The final federal numbers from National Center for Education Statistics are expected in the spring. Last March, it reported the national graduation rate in 2012-2013 was a record 81 percent.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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