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L.A. Unified Reports Big Rise in Its Graduation Rate

The Los Angeles Unified School District on Friday reported a huge rise in its graduation rate, but left out the students most at risk of not making it to commencement ceremonies.

The district’s graduation rate of 77 percent for the 2013-14 school year was 12 percentage points better than last year, the largest one-year increase under a tracking system that dates from the 2006-07 school year.

The improvement is especially impressive because ongoing statistical gains typically become more difficult to sustain and surpass year after year.