April 10, 2017

CT graduation rates on rise

High school graduation rates in Connecticut reached a high of 87.4 percent in the 2016 academic year, according to new data from the state Department of Education.

That was up slightly from 87.2 percent in 2015, and represents an ongoing increase since 2011's four-year graduation rate of 82.7 percent, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell announced Monday. The national average graduation rate is 83.2 percent, they said.

The graduation rates for the "Alliance District" schools reached 78.3 percent in 2016, up from 71.2 percent in 2011, they added. Through this program, the state provides increased funding tied to greater accountability for the 30 lowest performing school districts.

The state's 10 highest-need schools, dubbed ''Opportunity District" schools, have seen a larger increase over the past six years, rising from 63.6 percent to 73 percent over that period.

"The fact that Connecticut's graduation rate continues to rise means we are moving closer to our goal of ensuring every student has the tools and knowledge to succeed in college, career, and life," Wentzell said.

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