High school graduation rates continue upward trend in Michigan

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LANSING, MI. (WLNS)- The statewide high school graduation rate in Michigan is on the rise again, according to new numbers from the State Budget Office.

Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background — and families gathering in the stands.

It’s the typical graduation ceremony.

And now, more high school students here in Michigan are moving their tassels from right to left.

New numbers from the State Budget Office’s data division — called the Center for Educational Performance and Education — show Michigan’s four-year graduation rates went up by more than 1% between the last two school years.

And for the 2014-2015 school year, it was nearly 80%.

State Budget Office Spokesperson Lauren Leeds says it’s part of a trend.

“This is the fourth consecutive year that we’ve seen the graduation rates in the state of Michigan trending upward, and this is the positive direction for the graduation rates to be moving in,” Leeds said.

So what’s the reason for this increase?

State Superintendent Brian Whiston says, “Setting high standards, keeping students engaged in their learning, and having quality teachers deliver instruction in meaningful ways are key factors…”

Key factors, Leeds hopes will get even more students their diplomas.

“I definitely hope that this trend will continue into the future, and that next year we’ll see even more improved graduation rates for the state of Michigan,” Leeds said.

Higher rates — and more students donning their cap and gowns.

The Michigan Department of Education aims for Michigan to become a top ten education state within the next ten years.

Right now, the National Assessment of Educational Progress ranks Michigan 40th out of the 50 states.

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