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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials say roughly 91 percent of high school students in the state who started ninth grade in 2012 earned their diploma in four years.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says 91.3 percent of the roughly 95,000 students in the class of 2016 received a diploma. That's up from 90.5 percent of students who graduated on time in 2015.

McAuliffe's office says more than half of the students that graduated this year received the state's more rigorous diploma.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - An annual report on high school graduation says Delaware's high school graduation rate is 80 percent, the same as the nationwide average.

The "Building a Grad Nation" report released Monday shows that in 2012, the latest year for which data is available, schools nationwide posted the highest graduation rate ever. For the first time, the report says, the national high school graduation rate has hit 80 percent.

In Delaware, the graduation rate in 2012 was 80 percent. That's up from 78.5 percent in 2011.