RI high school graduation rate climbing

PROVIDENCE, RI – New numbers out of Kids Count show more Rhode Island high school students are graduating.

The graduation rate went up from 70 percent in 2007 to 76 percent in 2010. And the data show high schools in poor, urban areas such as Central Falls, Providence, and West Warwick graduated more students.

A recent study out of Georgetown University finds by 2018 nearly two-thirds of the jobs in Rhode Island will require at least some postsecondary education.

During the school year that ended last summer, 2,148 students dropped out of high school in Rhode Island.

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