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04/03/14

Maine High School Graduation Rate Increased for Fourth Straight Year in 2013

Bangor Daily News (Maine) (04/03/14) Gluckman, Nell

The Maine Department of Education said the state's high school graduation rate improved for the fourth consecutive year, reaching 86.4 percent in 2013. State Education Commissioner Jim Rier said, "While I am encouraged to see a continually climbing graduation rate, it's more important to me that our college and career readiness rates are also rising." Meanwhile, the state's new system for awarding diplomas should help students graduate prepared for life after high school. "As Maine moves toward awarding diplomas based on proficiency rather than time served, students can be more confident the diplomas they've earned signify they are adequately prepared for success at the next step," Rier said. The system requires students to demonstrate proficiency in the state's education standards to receive a diploma.
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