Fewer California high school students are dropping out, and more are walking out of class in cap and gown with a diploma, according to reports.
In public schools in 2012, 78.5 percent of students who started as freshmen graduated, the state Department of Education announced on Tuesday.
Dropout rates are also falling. Graduation rates for minority students improved, with 65.7 percent of African-American students graduating, and 73.2 percent of Latinos graduating, up from 62.7 percent and 71.4 percent respectively, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
School officials said the results mean California is "moving in the right direction," the newspaper reported.