Indiana’s graduation rate improves to 84 percent

About 84 percent of Indiana's public high school students graduated in four years in 2010, an improvement from the 81 percent graduation rate the previous year.

The state Department of Education says in a report issued Monday that 64 percent of Indiana's public high schools improved their graduation rates from 2009 to 2010. About 36 percent of high schools had at least 90 percent of their students graduating in four years — one of the goals of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett.

Although 84.1 percent of public high school students graduated within four years, 7.3 percent of the class is still in school. About 6 percent of students were reported as dropouts or left school without formally withdrawing.

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