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Indiana public school graduation rate improves

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Indiana's Department of Education says the state's graduation rates in public schools improved to 85.1% in the 2009-2010 school year.

That's a 2.6% rise over last year, bringing the state closer to the goal of a 90% graduation rate.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett set that goal in January of last year, and 36% of high schools have met that goal.

"I congratulate the 133 schools reaching our 90 percent goal," Bennett said in a news release. "These schools know a high school diploma is one key to success for Indiana students. We must continue to set high expectations for students and encourage them to work hard toward achieving excellence." 

The release also says graduation rates increased the most among African-American, Hispanic, free and reduced lunch, and limited English proficiency students.  

From the Indiana Department of Education:
Graduation rates by the numbers

2010 State Graduation Rate Breakdown

  • 84.1 percent of students graduated within four years.
  • 6.4 percent of students are reported dropouts or undetermined (meaning they left school without formally withdrawing).
  • 0.8 percent of students earned a General Education Development (GED) diploma.
  • 1.2 percent of students earned a Special Education Certificate.
  • 0.3 percent of students earned a non-diploma Course Completion Certificate.
  • 7.3 percent of students are still in school.

***Please note: Numbers may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

2010 Public High School Graduation Rate Breakdown

  • 90-100 percent graduation rate – 133 schools (36 percent)
  • 80-89.9 percent graduation rate – 161 schools (43 percent)
  • 70-79.9 percent graduation rate – 47 schools (13 percent)
  • 60-69.9 percent graduation rate – 13 schools (4 percent)
  • 50-59.9 percent graduation rate – 8 schools (2 percent)
  • Less than 50 percent graduation rate – 9 schools (2 percent)

For more information on Indiana's graduation rate (including data for local high schools), visit www.doe.in.gov/gradrate.

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