Graduation rates up in Northern Va.

Nearly nine out of 10 public school students in Virginia graduated on time last spring, according to state data.

The four-year graduation rate — 89 percent — was about the same as last year, but most school districts in Northern Virginia improved.

“The old saying remains true: to get a great job you need a great education,” said Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) in a news release. “More and more Virginia students are putting in the hard work, and getting that education.”

Of the students who entered high school in 2009, 49.7 percent earned an advanced studies diploma, compared with 48.6 percent the year before, while 35.7 percent earned a standard diploma, compared with 36.3 percent for the previous class.

On-time graduation has increased by about 8 points since 2008. The graduation rate has risen 10 points for black students and 12 points for Hispanic students.

Michael Alison Chandler

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Most city schools to use unified lottery

The majority of D.C. charter schools and all schools in the city’s traditional school system plan to participate in a unified lottery to determine enrollment for the 2014-15 school year, according to Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s office.

Details about how the lottery will work will not be available for a few weeks, according to a new Web site, myschooldc.

The Web site features a list of schools that plan to take part, including all traditional public schools. The list also includes more than 40 charter schools, which account for nearly nine out of 10 of the city’s charter seats in preschool through 12th grade, according to Deputy Mayor of Education Abigail Smith.

Emma Brown