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Nearly 90 percent of Virginia high school students graduate on-time


(WVVA) On-time graduation rates in Virginia have improved steadily over the past eight years. 

According to a new report from the Virginia Department of Education, 89.9 percent of students who entered the ninth grade in the Fall of 2010 earned a diploma within four years-an increase of 8.6 percent since 2008.

“For the first time since Virginia increased diploma requirements as part of the Standards of Learning reform, more than half of the students who entered the ninth grade together in a cohort graduated four years later after earning the Commonwealth's most rigorous high school credential,”  says Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples.

There were 94,000 students in the Class of 2014. According to the VDOE, 5,126 or 5.4 percent of students dropped out and 1,893 or 2 percent earned a GED (General Educational Development).

Graduation rates for minority students continue to improve. The graduation rate for black students increased to 85.4 percent while the graduation rates for Hispanic students remained flat at 83.4 percent. Hispanic students have the highest dropout rate among all races at 11.9 percent.

Since 2008, the graduation rate for students with disabilities has improved to 87 percent, a 1.4 percent increase.

Click here for detailed information on Virginia Department of Education high school cohort reports.

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