Maine High School Graduation Rate Up 

Maine’s high school graduation rate has grown by more than 2 percentage points in one year. But Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen said Thursday that more needs to be done in a state where nearly one in five ninth-graders don’t graduate in four years. This is the second year Maine is reporting graduation rates under a new system now required of all states by the U.S. Department of Education. The data indicates Maine’s graduation rate grew from 80.4 percent in 2009 to 82.8 percent in 2010. Eighty-eight schools showed an improvement, 43 saw a decline and two showed no change. Almost half of all schools have a graduation rate lower than 83 percent, the rate necessary to show Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind law. (AP)