Hispanic graduation rates increasing in Salem

Hispanic graduation rates increasing in Salem

Hispanic graduation rates increasing in Salem

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Hispanic students in the Salem-Keizer school district are graduating high school in record numbers for the area and are outpacing the state average.

The Statesman Journal reports that  the Salem-Keizer class of 2012 could have the largest Hispanic graduating class in its history. That doesn't mean that more Hispanic students are filling Salem-Keizer high schools but that more are earning their diplomas.

From 2008-11, the number of Hispanic seniors remained steady, but their graduation rate rose 12 percentage points this year. That means 120 more kids earned their diplomas.

Salem-Keizer's overall graduation rate increased 7 percentage points in large part because of the gains that Hispanic students made.

Hispanic students have narrowed the achievement gap in graduation to 7 percentage points compared with white students. The average gap in Oregon is twice that.

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