But among those urban students, about 34 percent — or one in three, on average — still are not graduating on time, the report said.
The graduation rate in Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket increased 10 percent since 2007, to 66 percent in 2012, the KidsCount report found. In the rest of the state, the graduation rate during the same five-year period rose 4 percent, to 83 percent in 2012.
The findings were presented at a daylong forum about dropout prevention at the Providence Marriott. The Providence Grad Nation Summit is part of a national campaign led by America’s Promise Alliance that aims to increase the national graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020.