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NJ High School Graduation Rate Rises Slightly Again

Interpreting numbers may soon prove problematic amid looming changes in criteria for earning diploma

Written by John Mooney, NJ Spotlight

New Jersey’s high-school graduation rate, already one of the highest in the nation, crept up a little for the Class of 2013.

It was encouraging news, but its meaning may soon be open to different interpretations, as the rules change for counting and testing graduates.

A total of 95,000 high-school seniors graduated last summer, representing more than 87.5 percent of the 108,000 who had started high school four years earlier, according to breakdowns released yesterday by the Christie administration.

That was a slight increase from the 86.5 percent of the prior year, prompting plaudits at the State Board of Education meeting where the results were presented.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of graduation numbers for every high school and district in the state.

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