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More Students Graduating from High School

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West Virginia education officials say more of the state’s students are graduating from high school.

The West Virginia Department of Education says the graduation rate for the four-year cohort was 86.5 percent in the 2014-15 school year. That’s up 2 percentage points from the previous school year.

Among five-year students, the graduation rate was 84.7 percent in 2014-15, compared to 83.6 percent the year before.

West Virginia’s education rate has increased steadily over the last five years. Officials want to see it go up to 90 percent for all the state’s students by 2020.

Dr. Michael Martirano, state superintendent of schools, says the state must continue to produce more high school graduates because “one dropout is too many.”