The state Department of Public Instruction says the graduation rate went up in Wisconsin for the Class of 2014. The DPI says the statewide graduation rate last year was at 88.6 percent, up about 0.6 of a percent from the 2012-13 school year. The number is based on a uniform federal standard and includes all students who earned a diploma from a public high school.
Overall, 58,588 students out of a possible 66,098 graduated.
The agency also noted that schools made improvements in closing gaps across several racial and ethnic groups, as well as for students with disabilities, during a five year period that started in 2009.
For students who finished high school during the 2013-14 school year, just over 59 percent went on to enroll in a college or university for the fall 2014 semester.