Indiana HS graduation rate fell to 87.2 percent in 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS  — Indiana’s high school graduation rate fell last year to 87.2 percent.

The rate released Friday by the Indiana Department of Education compared with a graduation rate of 89.1 percent in 2016.

The state also reported that 80.1 percent of students graduated last year without a waiver from certain statewide exams, down from 82.4 percent in 2016.

State schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick issued a statement saying, “We recognize there is still work to be done, and will continue to partner with local districts to ensure every student who graduates is prepared for life beyond high school.”