A new study is out putting Texas near the top spot for graduating high school seniors. For five years now, the Texas education system has had great news after spring graduations. The percentage of students receiving their high school diploma has been steadily increasing since 2007. In that year the rate was 78%, which does not include seniors who needed an extra year, or those who got their GED, or dropouts, but that number has risen to 87% for the class of 2012. Local school officials say that their work has contributed to the rise, building better relationships with students and parents. The report from the Texas Education Agency is good news for the State Board of Education as well, and the board expects the trend to continue. For Amarillo and Canyon schools, the numbers are up. Canyon Independent School District's rate was about 91%, for a total of 530 students. AISD got 84% through, a total of just over 1,600 graduates. The dropout rate increased a tenth of a percentage point from the 2010-2011 year to the 2011-2012 year. The class of 2012's graduation rate is also the all-time high for Texas. The report can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769806299
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