Michigan's statewide four-year high-school graduation rate increased nearly 2 percent last year to 76.24 percent, according to data released Wednesday by the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information.
More than 53 percent of Michigan's school districts saw higher graduation rates, CEPI officials said, including Detroit Public Schools which boosted its rate by 5 percent, from 59.7 percent to 64.7 percent.
Statewide, the rate went up 1.9 percent from the 2011 rate of 74.33 percent.
"These numbers reflect the highest rates we have seen since we started reporting the data using a cohort methodology," said CEPI Director Thomas Howell. "This methodology allows us to track individual students from the first time they enroll as ninth-graders and has resulted in a more accurate measure of high school success for our students."