Oct. 8, 2013
The Office of Governor Bob McDonnell announces nearly nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in the fall of 2009 earned a diploma within four years.
The statewide dropout rate in Virginia fell to 5.9 percent for the class of 2013, compared with 6.5 percent for the class of 2012.
According to the Virginia Department of Education, black students' graduation rate increased to 84.1 percent. Their dropout rate declined from 9.3 percent to 8.7 percent.
Hispanic students' graduation rate rose to 83.3 percent, while their dropout rate fell from 13.6 percent to 11.7 percent.
Overall, the percentage of students who earn a diploma in four years has increased by 7.8 points since 2008.
“Behind these positive statistics are students, parents, teachers, counselors, and other educators who worked together to accomplish great things,” Governor Bob McDonnell said.