For the fourth year in a row, California's high school graduation rate continues to climb. 

Eighty-point-two percent of students that started the 2009-2010 school year graduated with their class in 2013. This matches the national average.

Sacramento County is also showing good numbers compared to last year.

Graduates increased by two-point-four percent sitting at 79-percent. California's State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says - more career education in schools is playing a big role. 'Whether hey're going into healthcare academies and career pathways, whether they're going into computer sciences or construction, they see the relevancy of their education so we're investing hundreds of millions of dollars into career education - and it's paying off. Students are staying in school - they're motivated.' 

The graduation rate for African-Americans and hispanics increased the fastest.

For more information, visit the California Department of Education's online stats report.