High school graudation rates still on the rise in Tacoma



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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — School officials say Tacoma graduation rates are still on the rise a year after they surpassed the state average for the first time.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1SSoepN ) that the Tacoma Class of 2015 reached a new high with a graduation rate of 82.6 percent. District officials announced the number Thursday.

It's the highest rate the district has seen since Washington began tracking the statistics in 2003.

Tacoma school board president Scott Heinze says the progress is particularly significant because nearly two-thirds of the district's students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, a widely used marker for poverty.

Last year's state-wide graduation rates probably won't be released until February.

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