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In the past year, Washington graduation rates have increased by 1.5%

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WASHINGTON - Washington State is seeing an increasing number of students walking across the stage. The state's high school graduation rates have increased throughout three of the last four years.

We looked at four school districts to see if those state statistics are accurate at the local level.

Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, and Yakima school districts are all seeing upward trends in their graduation rates when compared to the early part of the decade.

From 2012 to 2015, Kennewick's graduation rates rose 6.5%.

There was a larger increase for the Pasco School District at 8%.

Richland School District had a graduation rate of 76.5% in 2012, but it jumped 5% by 2015.

In Yakima, there was only a 56% graduation rate in 2013, but by 2015, 65% of students graduated high school.

Overall for the state of Washington, there was a 1.5% increase in graduation rates.

To see a more in-depth look at certain percentages around the state, you can go to this website:

http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?groupLevel=District&schoolId=1&reportLevel=State&year=2013-14

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