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Maryland high school graduation rate is up

msde logowithoutborderThe percentage of students graduating from Maryland high schools hit an all time high in 2013 and the number of dropouts decreased, according to information released from the Maryland State Department of Education today.

The graduation rate reached 84.97 percent for the class of 2013 – students who entered school in the fall of 2009 – compared to 83.57 percent for the class of 2012. That represents a 1.4 percentage point increase in the graduation rate in just one year. At the same time, the dropout rate fell by nearly a full percentage point to 9.36, the lowest on record.

“Working together, we’ve made the better choice to invest in our schools because a quality education is a ladder to success,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley. “Today’s data shows once again that we’re getting results: our high school students are graduating at a higher rate now than ever before, and that success crosses racial and economic lines. More graduates mean a stronger economic future for all Maryland families.”

State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery said graduation sets the cornerstone for a student’s next step.

“Maryland is focused on preparing our graduates for college and career success. That cannot take place without a high school diploma,” Dr. Lowery said. “While we will not be satisfied until all students graduate, we are pleased that these numbers continue to improve. Our schools and our students are traveling along the right path.”

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