Mississippi dropout rate rises slightly

JACKSON, MS (AP) - A new report shows a slight increase in Mississippi's dropout rate.

The state Department of Education on Thursday released figures that showed the graduation rate for this past year was 71.4% and the dropout rate was 16.7%.

The results compare with a graduation rate of 72% and dropout rate of 16% for 2008 and 73.8% and 15.9% in 2007.

The rate in 2006, the first for the current method of calculating the graduation-dropout rate, was 70.8% and 17.6%.

Tom Burnham, who became state superintendent of education earlier this year, said the state's goal of reducing the dropout rate to 13% by 2013 is still attainable.

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