Black students in Massachusetts had a dropout rate of more than six percent, while the rate for Hispanics was more than nine percent
State education officials say the high school dropout rate rose slightly during the last school year to three-point-eight percent -- but rates for minority students remain much higher.
More than eleven-thousand Massachusetts students in grades nine through 12 dropped out in 2004-2005.
The rate was up one-tenth of a point from the previous year.
Black students had a dropout rate of more than six percent, while the rate for Hispanics was more than nine percent.
The dropout rate is calculated based on enrollment figures. A dropout is a student who leaves school before graduation, doesn't transfer to another school and doesn't re-enroll before the next school year.
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