Eighty-eight percent of the students who entered the ninth grade in fall 2008 earned a high-school diploma within four years, according to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) .
Of those graduates, more than 55 percent earned an Advanced Studies Diploma, VDOE reported.
The statewide dropout was 6.5 percent for the class of 2012, down from 7.2 percent for the class of 2011.
During the last five years, the statewide dropout rate has fallen by more than 25 percent, VDOE said.
“More students graduating on time from Virginia’s schools means we have more young people who are college- or career-ready,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “This is good news for all Virginians.”
VDOE said efforts to increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates among minority students continued to show results.
The graduation rate for black students increased 2.4 points to 82.7 percent, while the dropout rate fell from 10.9 percent, to 9.3 percent.
The graduation rate for Hispanic students increased 1.8 points to 80.9 percent, while the dropout rate declined from 14.9 percent to 13.6 percent.
Since 2008, the on-time graduation for black students has risen 8.8 points and the rate for Hispanic students has risen by 9.4 points.
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