May 2, 2017

CT's six-year high school graduation rate reaches new high

The Connecticut graduation rate for students who graduated high school within six years reached an all-time high of 90 percent for students in the class of 2013-14.

The graduation rate has increased steadily over four years for four consecutive groups, or cohorts of students, from 86.2 percent in 2010-11 through 90.5 percent in 2013-14, according to state Department of Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell.

The state's four-year high school graduation rate is 87.4 percent, higher than the 83.2 percent national average.

The six-year graduation rate measures the percentage of first-time ninth grade students who received a standard high school diploma within six years, including early and summer graduates. The measure is considered a more complete reflection of the successes of all students, especially English learners, students with disabilities, and students from low-income families, because some of them benefit from extra time to graduate.

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