Mississippi High School Graduation Rate Reaches Record 83 Percent

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The Mississippi Department of Education released the high school graduation rates for the 2016-17 school year, which show that the state’s graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 83 percent. Mississippi’s rate is just one point shy of the national graduation rate of 84 percent.

This Associated Press story provides a good overview of the state’s rising graduation rate and the multiple pathways students are provided to demonstrate they are ready to graduate.

Up until 2014, students were required to pass four end-of-course exams to qualify to graduate. Students are still required to take the exams; however, a passing score is not required on the exams if a student’s course grade shows they have learned the course content.

View the 2018 Graduation Rate Report at mdereports.mdek12.org. From the drop-down “Accountability” menu, select 2017-18 to view the report.