FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear is praising Kentucky educators and others for their part in improving the state’s graduation rate, which rose from 63.7 percent in 2000 to 77.2 percent in 2010.

That moves Kentucky well ahead of the national graduation rate of 74.7 percent.

Beshear credited a coordinated effort by teachers, administrators, parents, business leaders and others to keep Kentucky students on track to graduation.

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said, despite the improvement, Kentucky still has a long way to go. Holliday said the state’s goal is that every student graduates.

Kentucky passed a law earlier this year that will incrementally increase the state’s minimum age for dropping out of school from 16 to 18.