Tennessee high school graduation rate makes new record

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NASHVILLE (WATE) – The high school graduation rate in Tennessee increased in the 2015-2016 school year.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said the rate increased to 88.5 percent. This is the highest since the state created a more rigorous calculation of graduation rates.

“Our schools and districts should be proud of the work they have done to support students on their journeys to and beyond high school graduation,” McQueen said. “High school graduation is a critical step in allowing students to embark on their chosen paths in life. However, as more Tennessee students are earning their diplomas, we must ensure that they are all leaving with the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and the workforce.”

Graduation rates increased or stayed the same in almost 60 districts across the state. The increase is more than a full percentage point since the previous school year. The graduation rate has increased by three points since 2012.

Since the change of calculating rates:

  • 12 districts improved rates by at least five percentage points
  • Over 70 percent of the state’s districts have had rates that were at least 90 percent. Fentress County graduation rate was at or above 99 percent.
  • 76 districts, including Knox County had graduation rates at or above 90 percent during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school year.

The state will release more detail information on schools later in the year.

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