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Indiana’s Graduation Rate Improves

Graduation rates in Indiana increased last school year in most districts.

Indiana‘s high school graduation rate is improving. The Indiana Department of Education says the rate improved to 85.7 percent in the 2010-2011 school year, an increase of almost 4.5 percent since 2009. It also marks the 5th consecutive year that graduate rates have improved.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett says a record-high 171 public schools out of 378 schools reached 90 percent or more of their students graduating in four years. Bennett says Indiana needs to be more rigorous with its educational standards

“English Language Arts 10 and Algebra I are really minimum standards for Indiana children,” he says. “They in no way shape for form indicate college readiness. We need to be much more rigorous than that.”

However, the statewide use of waivers climbed to 8 percent last year.

The waivers are used to exempt students from the requirement to pass state tests in English and algebra. The decision to grant waivers is left up to local school officials.

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