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BPS graduation rates up for fourth straight year

Boston Public Schools graduation rates improved for the fourth straight year, according to state Department of Education figures released Thursday.

Boston Public Schools graduation rates improved for the fourth straight year, according to state Department of Education figures released Thursday.

With 63.2 percent of the students who entered high school in the 2006/2007 school year graduating within four years, the graduation rate is at the highest level since the state started keeping track.

The improvement is a 1.8 percent increase from 2009 and more than 5 percent increase since 2007. BPS’ goal is to have an 80 percent graduation rate and a 3 percent annual dropout rate by 2014.

“We have high expectations for our students, and we continue to put initiatives in place to support them as they approach high-school graduation,” Superintendent Carol Johnson said in a statement.

The dropout rate also continues to drop; it fell from 6.4 percent in 2009 to 5.7 percent in 2010.

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