- Associated Press - Friday, November 21, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska’s public high-school graduation rate increased slightly this year, but came up just shy of the 90 percent goal set by state officials.

The Department of Education announced Friday that 89.7 percent of high school seniors graduated in 2014. Last year, 88.5 percent of seniors graduated.

School officials say this year’s rate is a record high, and it has steadily improved since 2011.

The graduation target was developed by the Nebraska P-16 Initiative, a coalition of 27 business, education and government groups. State officials say 65 Nebraska schools graduated 100 percent of their seniors in four years, and 69 districts graduated all students within six years.

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