Deer Isle, Maine

Maine high school graduation rates improve

Maine’s high school graduation rate rose in 2012 for the third year in a row, the state’s top education official said Monday. Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen released statewide results that showed Maine’s four-year graduation rate rose above 85 percent in 2012, a jump of about 1.5 percentage points over 2011 and a 5 percentage-point improvement since 2009. Bowen announced the results during a press conference at Deer Isle-Stonington High School in Deer Isle, where the graduation rate has risen from 58 percent to 94 percent in the past three years. In 2012, Wells High School had the highest four-year graduation rate, 99 percent, among Maine’s public high schools.