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State High School Graduation Rate Climbs

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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ High school graduation rates in Connecticut are continuing to climb for the third year in a row.

Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said Wednesday the graduation rate for the 2011-12 school year increased by 2.1 percentage points from the prior year.

Almost all of the subgroups, including students eligible for reduced-priced school lunches, Hispanic students and English Language Learners, registered gains that were greater than three percent.

Pryor said the state has invested more money to help districts build upon these graduation rate improvements.

Despite the gains, data show there are still achievement gaps based on income. More than 66 percent of students eligible for free lunch graduated after four years, compared with 83.5 percent eligible for reduced-priced lunches and more than 93 percent of students who weren’t eligible for the lunch program.

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