By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter has set a target for an 80% high school graduation rate by 2014.

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According to two articles in the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, one by Dale Mezzacappa and another by Paul Socolar, for the second consecutive year in a row, the graduation rate climbed 3 percentage points to 64% for those starting in 2008 and finishing last year. The School District monitors 6 year completions as well.

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The April-May issue shows where there are large numbers of dropouts of those who started in 2006, in North Philadelphia, in South Philadelphia and a small part of 19127.

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All high school graduation rates are listed with eleven schools graduating 90% and more and 14 schools with less than 40% in 4 years. For students from closing schools now choosing for the fall and for others moving through the grades, this information is critical for decision making.