CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s high school graduation rates have improved over the past five years.

According to new state Department of Education figures, the rates have jumped 8.5 percent since the fall of 2008.

In the 2012-13 school year, data shows that 79.3 percent of high school seniors graduated. That number is up from 2008-09 numbers of 70.8 percent.

The improving numbers is being credited to retention and alternative education programs in schools, as well as an anti-truancy initiative the state Supreme Court started last year.

Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis applauded circuit court judges Wednesday for upholding the program that holds families accountable when kids miss too much time from school.

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    If west va isn't creating jobs where will these kids work? I know several college kids who can't find a job. Why do they have to move to other states to hopfuly try &find a job!west va has went to the dogs!!!!!

  • ThatGuyOverThere

    It is a joke that kids these days cannot graduate from high school...Public schools are about as easy to pass as a bowel movement...They take no effort, all you have to do is show up...

  • Harpers Ferry

    This just goes to show that these teachers are vastly overpaid! How dare they ask for more than $30,000 a year! Oh, wait...

  • will

    Looks like the practices of the last 5 years are finally paying dividends, so lets change the system to an unproven common core idea. Who comes up with these bright ideas?