Mississippi high school graduation rate rises for third year

The state Department of Education announced Thursday that the graduation rate rose to 82.3 percent last year.

That’s still below the national average of 83.2 percent, but the share of students earning diplomas within four years has been on the rise in Mississippi since 2015.

The drop-out rate fell to 10.8 percent from 11.8 percent, moving down for the third consecutive year as graduation rates climb.