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Connecticut Graduation Rates Show Improvement

Connecticut Graduation Rates Show Improvement
Governor Dannel Malloy touts improving graduation rates in the state.

New figures show Connecticut's high school graduation rate has improved for the fourth consecutive year.

   Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday the improvement shows efforts to boost state education funding, especially to poorer districts, is working. Malloy is expected to tout his education record in his re-election campaign.

   Data released Wednesday show the statewide graduation average increased by 0.7 percent, from 2012 to 2013. That represents a cumulative increase of 3.7 percent over the 2010 high school graduation rate.

   While Malloy stressed how graduation gaps between white and minority students shrunk, a disparity still remains. While 91.4 percent of white students in 2013 graduated in four years, 70.2 percent of Hispanic students and 75.7 percent of black students graduated in four years. Rates improve if students get a 5th year.