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Maine High School Graduation Rates Improve
02/25/2013 2:20 PM ET  

Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen released statewide results Monday that showed Maine's four-year graduation rate rose to above 85 percent in 2012.

DEER ISLE, Maine (AP) _ Education officials say Maine's graduation rate has risen for the third straight year.

Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen released statewide results Monday that showed Maine's four-year graduation rate rose to above 85 percent in 2012, a jump of about one-and-a-half percentage points over 2011 and a 5 percentage-point improvement since 2009.

Bowen announced the results during a press conference at Deer Isle-Stonington High School in Deer Isle, where the graduation rate has risen from 58 percent to 94 percent in the past three years.

At the same time, Bowen cautioned that 48 of Maine's 133 high schools did not reach the 83-percent target graduation rate in 2012. In addition, 40 percent of the high schools did not improve their graduation rate between 2011 and 2012.

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