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NJ high school graduation rate edges up



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s high school graduation rate has edged up for the second year in a row.

The state Education Department said Wednesday that the graduation rate for 2013 was 87.5 percent, one percentage point higher than the previous year.

The rate was under 84 percent in 2011. But officials think it was low because of problems with tracking students and entering data accurately. Early graduation rate numbers are not comparable because the state began using a different federally-mandated method of calculating the rate in 2011.

In 2013, the graduation rates rose for students as a whole as well as several subgroups, including blacks, Hispanic, Asian and white students as well as low-income students and those with disabilities.

The rate went down for students with limited English-language proficiency.