Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012 --- 11:49 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's public high school graduation rate has improved slightly.
New figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Thursday show a graduation rate of 87 percent in 2011. The U.S. Department of Education requires states to calculate graduation rates based on those students who earn a diploma within four years of starting high school.
The graduation rate of 87 percent is up 1.3 percent from the previous school year.
The previous method of calculation, called the legacy rate, is a formula that counts all students who are expected to graduate in a particular year, including those who drop out, reach maximum age or earn other completion credentials. Students are entitled to free public education in Wisconsin until they reach the age of 20.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.