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89 pct. of Va. students graduate on time in 2013

Tuesday - 10/8/2013, 1:38pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- About 89 percent of Virginia's high school graduates earned their diplomas on time this year, compared to 88 percent in 2012.

During the same period, the statewide dropout rate fell from 6.5 percent to 5.9 percent.

Black students' graduation rate increased 1.4 points to 84.1 percent. Their dropout rate declined from 9.3 percent to 8.7 percent.

Hispanic students' graduation rate rose 2.4 points to 83.3 percent. Their dropout rate fell from 13.6 percent to 11.7 percent.

Overall, the percentage of students who earn a diploma in four years has increased by 7.8 points since 2008. Black students' on- time graduation rate has increased 10.1 points and Hispanic students' on-time graduation rate has risen by 12.1 points during the same period.

Gov. Bob McDonnell released the figures Tuesday.

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