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California high school graduation rates highest ever

Good news for California high schools. For the fourth year in a row, the graduation rate climbed as dropout rates fell.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson announced that 8 out of 10 students statewide, or 80.2-percent who started high school in 2009-2010 graduated with their class in 2013. That is up 1.3 percent from the year before. Graduation rates among African-American and Hispanic students climbed faster than the statewide average.

Although Asian Americans had the top graduation rate, all races continued the trend of improvement with better rates than the previous testing period.

Torlakson said, “For the first time in our state’s history, more than 80-percent of our students are graduating. It’s a clear sign of their hard work and the support they receive from their teachers, families and communities.”