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Wake County graduation rate slips

Posted July 21, 2008 5:01 p.m. EDT

Wake County Public School System

— The graduation rate from Wake County high schools dropped slightly this year, officials said Monday.

The district's graduation rate for 2007-08 was 78.8 percent, down from 79.3 percent the previous year. The graduation rate measures the percentage of students who earn their diplomas within four years of entering high school.

“We are being asked to address the needs of more students and meet greater challenges,” Superintendent Del Burns said in a statement. “We need the help of our community to meet these demands while pushing towards graduating not most, but all of our students.”

East Wake School of Health Science had the highest graduation rate at 96.3 percent, followed by Green Hope High School at 92.6  percent and Apex High School at 90.1 percent.

Girls had a higher graduation rate than boys by a nine-point margin, 83 to 74 percent.

The graduation rate varied considerably among ethnic groups, with nine of 10n Asian and white students, six out of 10en African-American students and five of 10 Hispanic students graduating on time, officials said.