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Are Alabama’s High School Graduates Ready for the Next Step?

More than nine out of 10 Alabama public school students who started the ninth grade in 2013 graduated in 2017 according to data released by the Alabama State Department of Education in June. In other words, the high school graduation rate was 90.4 percent, up from 89.2 percent in 2016.

That rate has a nice ring to it, but what does it reveal about whether a student is ready to get a job or enroll in college?