CHICAGO (AP) -- The head of Chicago Public Schools says the district's high school graduation rate is on track to be 63 percent this school year.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the figure on Tuesday morning. They say Chicago high school seniors could set the highest-ever graduation rate.
A decade ago the graduation rate was 44 percent. It rose to 58 percent during the 2010-2011 school year and 61 percent last year.
CPS has more than 400,000 students.