West Virginia high school graduation rates reach high mark

The West Virginia Department of Education says high school graduation rates have reached the highest level recorded for the state. (Courtesy: Babble / MGN)
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Education says high school graduation rates have reached the highest level recorded for the state.

The department says the rates represent the percent of ninth grade students who graduate with a regular diploma in four or five years.

Data from the 2018-2019 school year shows an increase in the four-year rate to 91.4%, up from 90.2%, and an increase in the five-year rate to 90.7%, up from 90%. There has also been an increase of approximately 10% over five years in the graduation rate among students with disabilities, to 78.8%.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission said 52.6% of students enrolled in higher education institutions last fall, while 41% continued education for advanced credentials, joined the workforce or enrolled in the military after graduation.