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Texas Schools Hit All-Time High Graduation Rate

Updated: Wednesday, August 6 2014, 07:40 AM CDT
Texas students have bragging rights on Wednesday morning. Schools are setting record graduation rates, with big numbers coming out of Austin Independent School District.

Austin district officials are giving some of the credit to an early warning system schools have come up with. They say it helps counselors and staff members make sure students aren't missing class or falling behind.

For kids heading back to school in August, the Class of 2013 is now the class to beat.

They graduated in record numbers, according to a new state report: 88 percent statewide. In Austin, the number was 84.1 percent, up nearly 10 percent in five years both in AISD and statewide. Hispanic and African-American students across Texas are also getting their diplomas in record numbers.

Governor Rick Perry weighed in, releasing the following statement:

"We've set the bar high for Texas students to ensure every graduate is ready for college or career, and they have consistently demonstrated that they are up to the challenge. The class of 2013's historically-high graduation rate is a testament to the hard work being put in by teachers and administrators in schools across the state, and students who realize the importance of a strong education in pursuing and realizing their dreams."
Texas Schools Hit All-Time High Graduation Rate


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