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Baltimore County Schools Increase Graduation Rate

The school system reported the graduation rate for seniors increased 2.47 percent.

Superintendent Dallas Dance. Credit: Patch File Photo
Superintendent Dallas Dance. Credit: Patch File Photo

Baltimore County Public Schools announced the number of seniors who graduated high school last year increased by 2.47 percent.

The increase in graduation rate was announced on Tuesday, and was the largest increase in four years and a 5 percent increase since 2010, according to a news release.

"Last year, we talked about accelerating the progress we have made in raising our graduation rate," Superintendent Dallas Dance said in a news release. "To do that, we introduced credit recovery programs such as AdvancePath, supports for students in danger of dropping out, and online learning to keep students engaged and in school."

According to data from the school system, the dropout rate fell from 11 percent for the class of 2012 to 9.7 percent in last year’s class. Schools also reported the gap in graduation percentages fell between white and black students from 5.3 percent in 2012 to 3 percent in 2013.

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