Kansas graduation rates on the rise

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Graduation rates in Kansas are improving, according to two recently released national reports.

The 2012 Digest of Education Statistics shows the Kansas four year graduation rate rose from 77.1% in 2000 to 83% in 2010. That’s a jump in national rankings from 17 to 8.

Diplomas Count shows the graduation rate rose from 73.5% in 2000 to 80% in 2010. That’s a jump from 17 to 12.

According to the Kansas Association of School Boards, graduation rates in Kansas began spiking after the Legislature approved significant funding increases following a school finance decision in 2005, directing more money to “at risk” students who are less likely to graduate.

The national graduation rate increased at about the same rate, but so did education funding in other states.

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