High School Graduation Rates Rising in Massachusetts

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BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- For the 11th consecutive year, Massachusetts' graduation rate has improved.

Jeff Wulfson, the acting commissioner of the department of elementary and secondary education, says 88.3 percent of the students who graduated last year got their diplomas within 4 years. That's up from 87.5 percent in 2016.

“We’re obviously very pleased with the data,“ Wulfson said.

He expressed that there are areas that need improvement.

“One of the area we definitely need improvement is with our English learners the commonwealth has seen a significant increase of students where English is not their first language,” he said.

Boston Public Schools also saw their graduation rates climb from 72.4 percent in 2016 to 72.7 last year.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

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