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Massachusetts high school graduation rate climbs

Massachusetts high school students are achieving greater success in earning diplomas, as graduation rates increased for the 11th consecutive year, state officials announced Monday.

Some 88.3 percent of students who earned diplomas in 2017 did so within four years, up from 87.5 percent in 2016. State officials also said that students in each racial and ethnic group saw their graduation rates rise.

But disparities still exist. Hispanic students had a four-year graduation rate of 74.4 percent, compared to Asian students, 94.1 percent.

“I hope teachers and students are proud of the personal accomplishments that are behind each of the numbers,” said Jeff Wulfson, acting commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

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Boston, too, saw improvement in its graduation rate, which nudged up slightly from 72.4 percent in 2016 to 72.7 percent. But not all schools shared in that success. For the second consecutive year, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School’s graduation rate declined, hitting 56.9 percent last year.


James Vaznis can be reached at james.vaznis@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globevaznis.