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Slight increase in Utah high school graduation rates, state officials report

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 19:21:15-05

SALT LAKE CITY — State educators report a slight increase in Utah high school graduation rates from last year.

On Monday, The Utah State Office of Education stated 36,933 students graduated from publics in 2015, bringing the graduation rate to 84 percent — a 1 percent increase from last year.

The state office reported that year-to-year graduation rates increased for all major demographic subgroups. Although they did see a decline in graduation for students with disabilities from 67 to 66 percent.

“It is good to see that, for the most part, the needle is moving in the right direction,” said Brad C. Smith, state superintendent of Public Instruction. “But it is also clear that there is more work to do. We in public education intend to do that work.”

Information about graduation rates for Utah school districts and for individual high schools can be found online at: www.schools.utah.gov/data/Reports/Graduation-Dropout/Graduation2015.aspx

Below is a breakdown of the increase in graduation rates for demographic subgroups:

Category 2015 Graduation Rate 2014 Graduation Rate
All students 84% 83%
American Indian 69% 65%
Asian 88% 85%
Black 68% 66%
Hispanic 74% 72%
Pacific Islander 83% 82%
White 87% 86%
Economically disadvantaged 76% 72%
English language learners 65% 61%