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Report: Graduation Rate in Nebraska Improves

Sioux City Journal (IA) (11/17/13)

According to new data from the Nebraska Education Department, the overall on-time graduation rate at public high schools for 2013 was 88.5 percent, an increase from 2012 and 2011. Although some demographic groups lagged behind the state graduation rate-including African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students-all demographic groups showed improved rates over those seen in 2012. However, the graduation rate of English language learners dropped nearly five percentage points to under 60 percent in 2013. The Department of Education's report shows that of the 249 school districts in Nebraska, 70 graduated 98 percent or more of their high school seniors. State Education Commissioner Scott Swisher says, "While we still have more work to do, Nebraska teachers and administrators should be pleased that they continued to increase the percentage of students graduating."
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