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Data Shows More Students Are Staying In School In Springfield And Graduating

The Massachusetts Education Department has released 2019 graduation and drop data and officials in Springfield say initiatives to encourage kids to stay in school and get a diploma are paying off.

The drop-out rate in the Springfield Public Schools hit an all-time low in 2019 and is down more than 50 percent in the last seven years.

The graduation rate is also improving – up 17 percent since 2012.

 Superintendent Dan Warwick said three of the city’s high schools have been among the best in the state for graduation rate progress.

" We are not satisifed with any of these rates, we need to work harder, " said Warwick. "But every year we have had significant gains."

The four-year graduation rate in Springfield in 2019 was 73.8 percent. Statewide the graduation rate was 88 percent.

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