A national report on high school graduation rates shows an achievement gap continues to exist in Connecticut between poor students and those who are more affluent.
The report released Monday by the education advocacy group America's Promise Alliance shows that Connecticut's graduation rate went from 80.9 percent in 2003 to 85 percent in 2012.
It also notes that the graduation rate among economically disadvantaged students is at 70 percent.
Stefan Pryor, the state's education commissioner, said that state data shows Connecticut is making progress toward closing the gaps, working closely with the state's lowest-performing districts and schools on programming to encourage students to stay in and succeed in school. He said the addition of more choices, including magnets and charter schools, also will help in that effort.