Graduation rate rises in West Virginia high schools

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Graduation rate rises in West Virginia high schools
By MetroNews Staff

More students in West Virginia are graduating from high school, according to data released Wednesday by the West Virginia Department of Education.

West Virginia saw a 2 percent increase from 84.5 percent in 2013-14 to 86.5 percent in 2014-15 in four-year graduation rates.

The graduation rate statewide has increased throughout the last five years, increasing nearly 20 percentage points from 76.4 percent in 2009-10.

State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano has set the goal of a 90 percent graduation rate for all students by 2020.

“I applaud this success which is reflective of the work completed by our teachers, parents and students,” Martirano said. “Graduating from high school is critical now more than ever, and one our students must aspire to and take pride in. We must continue to ensure teaching and learning are designed and aligned to produce more high school graduates, because in my eyes one dropout is too many.”

Mineral County saw the highest graduation rate in 2014-15 at 97 percent followed by Hardy County at almost 96 percent, Ohio County at 95.5 percent and Jackson County at 95 percent.