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Ky.'s graduation, dropout rates increased in 2008

More Kentucky high school students graduated last year, but dropout rates increased slightly, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.

High school graduation rates increased from 83.72 percent in 2007 to 84.52 in 2008, according to a news release from the department.

The overall high school dropout rate increased from 3.17 percent in 2007 to 3.3 percent in 2008, according to the release. In grades 9 through 12, 314 more students dropped out in 2008 than in 2007. Dropout rates for nearly all ethnic groups rose from 2007 to 2008. Native American and black students had the highest dropout increases at 1.83 percent and 1.37 percent, respectively.

The state reports graduation rates to comply with requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.