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Allegany County Graduation Rates Strong, But Slipping

January 24th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The percentage of Maryland students graduating is at all-time high, while the dropout rate is at an all-time low, according to statistics released Tuesday by state education officials. In 2016, 87.61 percent of students in a four-year cohort finished all four years of high school. That's 6 points up from the 82 percent rate seen in 2010, and .6 percentage points up from 2015. The data also show 89.11 percent of students graduated high school within five years. The dropout rate, similarly, dropped just below 8 percent for the first time to 7.97 percent. Locally, the numbers are moving in the wrong direction. Allegany County’s graduation rate stands at  90.24%, above the state average, but down from the 2015 numbers of 92%.  The dropout rate moved from 6.64% in 2015 up to 8.56% last year. 

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