High schools are graduating more students

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A  new report finds that Ohio is making the grade when it comes to graduation rates, even if only part of the time.

The news is good for public schools. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates 78 percent of students earned a diploma within four years of starting high school.

Achieving that diploma is a measure of high school success which can help reduce the drop out rate.

Ohio beats total graduates nationally by one percent.  Black and Hispanic students in the Buckeye State are slightly behind national numbers.

Overall, the numbers are better than they have been in four decades. There is now an emphasis on making the transition to high school by making sure eight graders are getting the requirements that will lead them to success in ninth grade. Mentoring and coaching programs are being developed in school districts, placing a community leader with a student for one-on-one academic class improvement.

The 78 percent graduation rate is unmatched since 1974.

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