Rhode Island's graduation rate rose to 81 percent in 2014

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Education officials say Rhode Island's high school graduation rate rose to 81 percent in 2014.

That's a one point improvement over 2013 and a 5.5 point improvement since 2009.

The dropout rate declined to 8 percent, which is a one point improvement over 2013 and a six point improvement since 2009.

Gov. Gina Raimondo praised students, teachers and school leaders for their efforts to raise the graduation rate and ensure students build skills to compete in the modern economy.

At the Block Island School, Classical in Providence, Cranston West, East Greenwich and Portsmouth, 95 percent or more of the students graduated in four years.

The national 2014 graduation rates haven't been released. Rhode Island's 2013 rate was one point below the national average.

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