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W.Va. and Va. high school graduation rates improves

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   CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A new study says more West Virginia high school students are graduating in four years.
   The U.S. Department of Education study released Tuesday says 78 percent of the students who graduated in the spring of 2010 earned their diplomas on time. That's up from 77 percent in the previous school year and the same as the national rate.
   West Virginia's dropout rate remained at about 4 percent. The national rate was 3.4 percent.
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   RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia is seeing improvement in the rate of high school students who graduate on time.
   A study released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education says about 81 percent of Virginia students who graduated in the spring of 2010 earned their diplomas in four years. That's up from 78 percent in the previous school year.
   Virginia's rate topped the national rate of 78 percent.
   The state's dropout rate also improved. About 2 percent of high school students dropped out during the 2009-2010 school year, compared to 2.5 percent during the previous year.
   The national dropout rate was about 3 percent.

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