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More Dallas Students Graduating, Fewer Dropping Out, DISD Says

The Dallas Independent School District graduated a record number of students this year, according to numbers released by the district Wednesday.

DISD reports that 7,302 students received diplomas in June - the highest number in 31 years. That's 345 more students than graduated in 2012 and more than 1,600 graduates since 2007.

The district also notes that its four-year graduation rate rose for the fifth consecutive year. A majority of students from the Class of 2012, or 81.3 percent, graduated in four years compared to 62.5 percent of the 2007 class that graduated.

"More students graduating from school means more opportunities for each of them to be successful with their lives," Superintendent Mike Miles said in a statement. "Congratulations to the Class of 2012, their parents and the dedicated staff who helped prepare our students to graduate."

The dropout rate is another number DISD is highlighting. Since 2007, that number has dropped 15 percentage points from 25.8 percent to 10.8 percent, according to the district.

See more on these numbers from DISD below.

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Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.