High school graduation rates are climbing in the state of Massachusetts. Credit: Colourbox
The state of Massachusetts continued to strengthen its high school graduation rates through 2013.
According to data released Monday by the Department of Education, the state's four-year graduation rate improved for the seventh consecutive year, with 85 percent of students who entered as ninth graders in 2009-10, or transferred in at any time, graduating within four years.
"I commend our students, educators and parents for another year of great progress," said Gov. Deval Patrick. "Let's keep it going by investing in education because it is the single best way to prepare our young people for work and life."
Of the major urban school districts in the state, the city of Boston, managed to score one of the top spots when it comes to gains. Boston had 339 fewer students drop out in 2012-13 than in 2008-09, a 1.3 percentage point improvement from 7.3 percent to 5.9 percent. Springfield, Worcester, Lawrence and New Bedford also had success in cutting their dropout rates.
"Today's news is a direct result of hard work by teachers, administrators and parents across the commonwealth," said Education Secretary Matthew Malone. "A high school diploma is a necessity for anyone hoping to live the American dream. We must invest in what we know works to provide all students with the supports and resources they need to reach this goal."