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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's high school graduation rate is 84 percent this year.

The Utah State Office of Education announced Monday the slight rise over last year's 83 percent rate, continuing a five-year climb for graduation numbers. It comes as the rate of school dropouts has fallen since 2011.

The state education office says the 2015 dropout rate is 13 percent, down from 15 last year and 21 percent in 2011.

Graduation rates for American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, black and white students all increased this year.

Rates among economically disadvantaged students and English language learners also grew in 2015.

Students with disabilities were the only group with a dropping graduation rate.

Education officials say 66 percent of those students graduated this year, down from 67 percent in 2014.

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