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Slight increase in California high school graduation rates... mostly

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Graduates and their families meet and pose for photos. New numbers show the graduation rate climbing, but it still has a long way to go.

California high school graduation rates are inching up, annual numbers released on Wednesday suggest, but a large cohort of the state’s students lags behind that trend.

About 76 percent of California high schoolers reached graduation day four years later, said state superintendent Tom Torlakson. Even in the face of "terrible budgets, a lot of turmoil and uncertainty, more crowded classrooms, a shorter school year [and] summer school being eliminated."

Graduation rates for Latino, African-American and English Learner students are significantly lower than for their white and Asian-American counterparts.

In the Southland, graduation rates in Orange and Riverside counties were higher than the statewide figure, while L.A. and San Bernardino counties’ rates were lower than the state as a whole.

To find the rate for your county, you can check out the commission's report here.

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