Kentucky's overall high school graduation rate for the 2010-11 school year improved slightly from the previous year, state Department of Education officials said Wednesday.
The statewide graduation rate for 2010-11, the most recent school year in which complete graduation data is available, was 78 percent, an increase from 76.7 percent in 2009-10.
"We're pleased at the slight increase, but we have a long way to go," said Lisa Gross, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education.
There were similar increases in rates for male, female, white and black students. The rate for Hispanic students, however, jumped to 83.6 percent, from 74.7 percent in 2009-10. For Asian students, the rate fell slightly, from 100 percent to 98.1.
About 40,000 students graduate from Kentucky's public high schools each year.
The graduation rate measures how many students received a four-year diploma using an average of ninth- and 10th-grade enrollment and includes students with disabilities who were allowed to obtain diplomas in more than four years.
Four schools had graduation rates of 100 percent: Augusta Independent School, Burgin High in the Burgin Independent Schools district, Beechwood High in Beechwood Independent School District, and Fairview High in Fairview Independent School District.
Complete details on district and school graduation rates may be found in the Open House section of the Kentucky Department of Education's Web site, KDE.state.ky.us or by clicking on the item under "Headlines" on the agency's home page.
Staff writer Valarie Honeycutt Spears and the Associated Press contributed to this story.Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears