Updated 08/02/2012 06:02 PM
NC public high school graduation rates rise above 80 percent
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RALEIGH—The graduation rate in North Carolina public high schools is above 80 percent.
New data released Thursday by the state Department of Public Instruction shows 80.2 percent of the state's students graduated this past year. That figure is up from 77.9 percent the year before.
State schools superintendent June Atkinson said she is pleased about the historic year North Carolina's schools have had.
“This is excellent news for our state and one more step toward ensuring our high school graduates career, college and citizenship ready," said Atkinson.
This is the sixth consecutive year that graduation rates have gone up in North Carolina.