High-school graduation rate declines again, report says

06/10/2010 | Christian Science Monitor, The

The national high-school graduation rate continues to decline, going from a peak of 77% in 1969 to 68.8% in 2007, according to a report from Education Week and the nonprofit Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. The rate in 2006 was 69.2% -- making 2007 the second consecutive year that fewer students graduated from high school within four years. However, the report also highlights districts that performed better than expected, with five districts beating expectations by at least 18 percentage points.

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