Go Mississippi! Record share of students earn diplomas

Published 5:19 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019

A greater share of Mississipi’s high school students are graduating than ever before.

The Mississippi Department of Education said Thursday that 84 percent of public school seniors graduated in the 2017-2018 school year, the highest mark on record. That’s up from 83 percent in 2016-2017 and 74 percent in 2012-2013.

The mark is equal to the most recent recorded national graduation rate of 84 percent in 2017.

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The state says only 10.1 percent of seniors dropped out of high school without earning a diploma. The rest remain in school or earned an alternate credential to a diploma.
Mississippi’s graduation rate for students with disabilities rose to 38.4 percent last year from 23.2 percent in 2014.

The state Board of Education several years ago created alternate routes to graduation.