Education commissioner said state must improve graduation rates

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 3:42 p.m. CDT; updated 4:29 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 10, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's education commissioner said the state's high school graduation rate isn't good enough, even though a new national report shows it is above the national average.

The annual "Diplomas Count" national report was issued Thursday by the publication Education Week. It showed that Missouri graduated 75.3 percent of its public high school students in 2007. The national average for public school students is 68.8 percent.

Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro said that Missouri's graduation rate has improved by nearly five points over the past decade. However, she added it has fluctuated in recent years.

She said more needs to be done to ensure that all Missouri students will finish high school and be ready for college or a career.


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