Wake (N.C.) working to raise high schools' graduation rate

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wake County school leaders said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to raise the district’s high school graduation rate, which now is below the state average.

Since 2006, the state’s graduation rate has risen from 68.3 percent to 82.5 percent. But during the same period, Wake’s graduation rate has dropped from 82.6 percent to 81 percent with groups such as low-income, black and Hispanic students performing at a lower rate than their peers statewide.

“If we’re going to increase the graduation rate any more, we’re going to have to reach out to the more challenged groups,” school board Chairman Keith Sutton said.

Sutton called on the board to discuss the graduation rate at an upcoming planning retreat. He said the district needs to put “a stake in the ground,” or make a firm commitment, that it will raise the graduation rate regardless of what it takes.

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