Maine high school graduation rate up, but proficiency lags

Friday, April 4, 2014

Maine's high school graduation rate has gone up 6 percent over the past four years. State education officials say they're happy with the improvement. But as Jay Field reports, they're also worried that too many high school seniors are still graduating without being proficient in reading and math.

In 2013, 86 percent of seniors who began their high school careers four years earlier earned diplomas. That's up from 80 percent in 2009.

"It's always positive to have higher graduation rates," says Jim Rier, Maine's Education Commissioner. "In some of those cases where graduation rates are high, the proficiency rates are still not very good."

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