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Mass. 4-Year High School Graduation Rates Improve

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BOSTON (AP) — Fewer Massachusetts teens are dropping out of high school.

The state’s four-year graduation rate has improved for the sixth straight year with gains among black, Hispanic and high needs students outpacing other groups.

Gov. Deval Patrick said that while the 84.7 percent four-year graduation rate is welcome, the state has to keep building on the improving numbers.

Some of the biggest gains came from Hispanic students whose graduation rate improved nearly 4 percentage points up to 65.5 percent and students with disabilities whose graduation rate improved by 3 percentage points up to 68.6 percent.

African American graduation rates also improved by nearly 3 percentage points up to 73.4 percent.

The state’s annual dropout rate declined to 2.5 percent in the 2011-2012 school year. That’s the fourth consecutive year below 3 percent.