Minority Graduation Rates Improve Slightly

Minority Graduation Rates Improve Slightly

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah study shows graduation numbers have improved slightly for most minority groups -- but they are still lagging behind white students.

The State Office of Education has released high school graduation statistics for 2003 and 2004. For both years, the study shows the state losing about 15-percent of its students before they hit graduation.

Although graduation rates for minorities is old news in Utah, school officials say the figures do show the achievement gap closing a bit.

The Utah Office of Asian Affairs Director said high minority dropout rates is evidence that there are disparities in the education system. A former director of the State Office of Hispanic Affairs said the gain is small but it does show Utah is moving toward closing some of the gaps. But adds, there's still a lot of work that needs to done in our schools.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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