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Maryland graduating more students in four years

Maryland graduating more students in four years

The graduation rate at Maryland public high schools reached 87 percent last spring, capping a five-year climb to the highest rate of seniors earning their diplomas in state history, according to data released Friday.

African-Americans have made steady progress in graduation rates and are closing the gap with white students. Statewide, the black student graduation rate rose from 76 percent in 2010 to 82.3 percent last spring. In Baltimore County, the percentage of black students who donned caps and gowns last May is nearly the same as for whites.

Underneath the generally positive trends, however, lurked trouble spots. Four school districts in the state, including Montgomery...