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01/14/14

Alabama's High School Graduation Rate Reaches Highest Point in History

Montgomery Advertiser (AL) (01/14/14) Lyman, Brian

The Alabama Department of Education reported that the high school graduation rate reached its highest level in state history at 80 percent in 2013. State State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice said the rate is 5 percent higher than the previous year, putting the state ahead of schedule in reaching its goal of 90 percent by 2020. He said, "We made a commitment that we were going to increase our graduation rate. We're working with school systems to come up with creative and innovative ways to teach our children. It shows what our local folks can do when we have a clear focus on what we want to see occur." Bice praised educators for their work, noting that tracking student performance shows that the problems with students who drop out in ninth grade begin in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. In order to consolidate and expand education gains, the department is seeking $32 million to hire 450 middle school school teachers.
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