04/10/2012 09:16 am ET

Michigan Graduation Rates Dip Only Slightly Under Tougher Standards

By Lori Higgins

New graduation and dropout rate data for Michigan's class of 2011 show a slight decline in graduation rates versus the surge in dropouts some predicted after the state toughened requirements.

Many had predicted this class would struggle, because the students were the first to comply with the state's new graduation requirements, which mandate a heavier dose of math and science than previous students had taken.

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