More Mississippi Students Graduating on Time

THE DELTA (Ben Caxton) — More Mississippi high school students are graduating on time than ever before. Last year 84 percent of public high school seniors earned diplomas, up from 83 percent in 2016-2017 and 74.5 percent in 2012-2013. The state’s graduation rate equals the national graduation rate of 84 percent after lagging behind the nation for years. Only 10 percent of seniors drop out of high school without earning a diploma; the rest remain in school or earned an alternate credential. While Mississippi has seen progress in some test scores over the last decade the state’s eighth-graders remain roughly a year behind the national average in learning and its high school students have among the lowest average scores statewide on the ACT college test.



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