By Therese ApelĀ 

Clarion Ledger–May 6, 2011

Mississippi’s public high school graduation rate dipped slightly in 2010 from the previous year, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

The dropout rate for the class of 2010 is 17 percent, up from 16.8 percent the previous year, said State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham.

Accordingly, the graduation rate fell slightly from 71.6 in 2009 to 71.4 in 2010.

The completion rate for the Class of 2010 is 78.6 percent compared to the previous year’s rate of 79.3 percent.

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