Area schools top state on 4-year graduations
Texas high schools hit a high mark this past school year in the number of students graduating within four years — a rate topped by some East Texas school districts and not met by others.
The state’s four-year graduation rate of 88 percent in 2013 was its highest ever, according to the Texas Education Agency.
The state agency defines four-year graduation rates as “the percentage of students who began ninth grade in 2009-10 and graduated by August 31, 2013,” according to its website. Any student who begins and graduates high school within a four-year time period is counted in the four-year completion rate.
Pine Tree ISD had the highest increase of four-year graduation percentages among Gregg County districts from 2012 to 2013. The district’s rate rose from 89.3 percent in the 2011-12 school year to 96.6 percent in the 2012-13 school year, which is the most recent data available from the state agency.
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