Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Oct. 8 that Virginia high schools saw an increase in the number of on-time graduations in 2013 as well as seeing more minority students earn diplomas.
According to McDonnell, nearly nine out of 10 students who entered the ninth grade in fall 2009 earned a diploma within four years.
Of the commonwealth's 2013 high school graduates, 55.8 percent earned an Advanced Studies Diploma.
The statewide dropout rate fell to 5.9 percent for the class of 2013, compared with 6.5 percent for the class of 2012.
McDonnell went on to attribute these positive statistics to the students, parents, teachers, counselors and other educators in the state.
He also noted that more students are working extra hard to challenge themselves and get the education they need to be successful when they enter the working world.
In Loudoun County, 62.72 percent of graduates attended a four-year college, while 26.96 percent attended a two-year school. A total of 1.98 percent of graduates indicated they would be joining the military.
In 2012, Loudoun's graduation rate was at 95.1 percent, which was 7.1 percent higher than the state average.
Minorities also saw increases in graduations in the state ,according to McDonnell's release. The graduation rate for black students increased 1.4 points to 84.1 percent, while the dropout rate fell from 9.3 percent, to 8.7 percent. Hispanic students increased 2.4 points to 83.3 percent, while the dropout rate declined from 13.6 percent to 11.7 percent.
According to the Virginia Department of Education, on-time graduation rates have increased by 7.8 points since 2008. During the same period, the on-time graduation for black students has risen 10.1 points and the rate for Hispanic students has risen by 12.1 points.