ProJo: Economic, racial gap persists in R.I. schools

More students are graduating high school, but challenges remain, particularly for Latino students

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island's four-year high school graduation rates improved slightly over last year's figures but substantial gaps remain between white students and students of color as well as between poor students and their middle-class peers.

The R.I. Department of Education reported that, overall, 84.1 percent of the Class of 2017 graduated, a 1.3-point increase over last year.

While rates increased incrementally for black students, students learning English saw a drop in graduation rates, down by 1.4 points.

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