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Springfield Public School graduation rate on the rise

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Springfield Public Schools' graduation rates are on the rise, while dropout rates decrease.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Springfield Public Schools' graduation rate has increased from 52.1 percent in 2011 to 56.6 percent in 2012. The district's dropout rate was 11.7 percent in 2011 and dropped to 10 percent in 2012.

School Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick announced Springfield Public School's "total commitment" to ensuring graduation rates continue to rise.

"I am absolutely thrilled by our progress," Warwick said. "Great deals of resources have been invested in helping struggling students who may have quit in the past, now stay in school. It's rewarding to see those efforts taking root and encouraging knowing that our improvement rates outpace the state."

Warwick is scheduled to announce the school district's progress at the school committee meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

"No child starts preschool with a plan to quit school later in life," said Warwick. "What we've tried to do is address the core issues behind why kids drop out. We still have a lot of work to do but our progress to date confirms we are on the right track."

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