Education
2:22 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Graduation Rate At All-Time High

North Carolina hit an all-time high graduation rate in 2012. More than 80 percent of high school seniors earned their diplomas.

Dave DeWitt: The 4-year graduation rate went up by more than two full percentage points from 2011. In six years, the graduation rate has gone up by nearly 12 percentage points.

School officials pointed to a wide range of local efforts to propel students to graduation. Hispanic students made the largest gain in the graduation rate.

The graduation numbers were released as part of the state’s annual ABC testing results.

Other results were not so positive. The number of schools statewide that met or exceeded academic goals dropped by almost two points to 79.5 percent.

This is the final year the state will release results under the No Child Left Behind model. The state received a waiver from the federal government and will now use its own system called Annual Measurable Objectives.