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MO ranks fifth in largest high school graduation rate increase

(Source: Allison Twaits) (Source: Allison Twaits)
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There is good news for Missouri high school students. More students are graduating than ever before.

Missouri is fifth in the nation when it comes to graduation improvement rates.

The numbers not only indicate progress at a state level; but, it's happening locally too.

"For me to be the first to graduate, it's a lot," said D'Andre Jenkins.

Jenkins is weeks away from being high school graduate.

It is a reality he never thought possible.

"I got into some trouble,” he said.

Come May, Jenkins will be part of the 86 percent of Missouri students who will make the short walk across the graduation stage to receive their diplomas.

"There is a lot of accountability on the teachers,” said Mary Richards, a teacher at Central Academy.

Richards said says the success comes from a lot of hard work from students and teachers.

"When they see that they can succeed, their confidence increases and their grades increase and it's just fabulous,” Richards said.

The road doesn't end for Jenkins when he graduates high school. He plans to attend Southeast Missouri State University this Fall.

"What are you going to be thinking about when you walk across that stage?"

"All of the things that it took to get across that stage," Jenkins said. "A lot of patience and hard work. I could not have done it without a lot of the teachers that helped me."

To see how your child's school district has improved over the last five years, click here.

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