Wisconsin graduation rate increases in 2011

Wisconsin graduation rate increases in 2011

More than 90 percent of Wisconsin high school students graduated last school year, with slight increases for most minority groups though they still lagged behind rates for white students.

The state Department of Public Instruction reported Thursday that graduation rates in 2011 were 90.5 percent. That’s up six-tenths of a percentage point from the 2009-2010 school year.

State Superintendent Tony Evers hailed the latest results as good news for students and the state.

White students had the highest graduation rates at 94.1 percent, followed by Asians at 93.7 percent.

Black students had the lowest of any group at 69.7 percent, but that was an improvement from 67 percent the previous year.

American Indians were the only minority group to see a decrease, their rate falling from 78.5 percent to 77.4 percent.