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Graduation Rates Improve for Milwaukee Public Schools

According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, around 7-thousand Wisconsin students drop out of school and don't graduate.

Jordan Sykes will not be one of those students.

\"It's exciting that I'm graduating and starting a new piece of my life,\" said Sykes.

Graduation is just around the corner for him and he's one of hundreds graduating from Milwaukee Public Schools.

\"We've seen a slight up tick in our graduation rates overall, which is particularly good news for Audubon high school because that puts them above the state average,\" said Director OF College and Career Readiness John Hill.

Audubon Technology and Communication Center High School is one of the smaller MPS high schools with around 350 students.

In the 2013-2014 school year their graduation rate went from 80 percent to 89.2 percent.

This is the first time the school has had a graduation rate above the state's average, which is 88.6 percent.

\"We are elated to even be in such good company because we know the work out there is tremendous,\" said Principal Leon Groce.

There's more efforts to improve the graduation rate at other MPS high schools.

\"There's additional work around redesigning curriculum to make it more engaging for the students, providing more opportunities for the students like tutoring,\" said Hill.

Its still too soon how many will MPS students will graduate this year.

\"Students are taking examines and there is a lot of time in school yet for students so we would not want to make any predications for students at this point,\" said Hill.

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