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Posted on June 3, 2016

New graduation rates are undoubtedly affecting Connecticut jobs.

Graduation rates in the state reached a record high in 2015 – hitting 87.2 percent, significantly higher than the national average of 82.3 percent.

Also on the rise is the graduate rate for schools that participate in Connecticut’s Alliance District program. The graduation rates for the Alliance District schools reached 77.6 percent in 2015, up from 71.2 percent in 2011. The state’s 10 highest need Education Reform districts saw an even more dramatic increase over the past five years of 8 points, up to 71.6 percent in 2015.

“We are once again graduating more students than ever before in Connecticut – it’s another step forward,” Governor Malloy said. “We are making critical strides as we continue to raise expectations for our students. Progress is happening. Connecticut’s rising graduation rates are a testament to the hard work of our teachers, principals, superintendents, parents and community partners. The future is no doubt bright for Connecticut students.”

“Graduating from high school is a huge accomplishment made possible through years of hard work, commitment to goals, and growth,” Commissioner Wentzell said. “The fact that Connecticut’s graduation rate continues to climb means we are moving one step closer to our goal of ensuring every student has the tools and knowledge to succeed in college, career, and life. I especially want to commend our Alliance Districts for reaching higher and pushing harder to improve their graduation rates and reduce achievement gaps.”

The Educational Reform Districts, a subset of the Alliance Districts and among the 10 lowest performing in the state, showed an 8-point gain since 2011. In East Hartford Public Schools, an educational reform district, East Hartford High School saw its graduation rate reach 94.6 percent, up 14.5 points from 2011.

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