The state Education Department said today that the four-year graduation rate of Arkansas students has increased for the third straight year.

The high school graduation rate in 2018 shows that rates for all students in major ethnic and economic categories increased. Individual district rates will be released April 15 with school report cards.

From the release:

“This is one of the most satisfying educational statistics that we’ve received in recent years,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “The fact that our graduation rate continues to improve in Arkansas shows that we are on the right path in terms of education in all categories, from minority students to economically-disadvantaged students. I applaud our educators in Arkansas for their dedication as we continue on this path to even greater achievement.”