High school graduation rates are up. 78.2 percent of U.S. high school students received diplomas in the 2009-2010 school year. That’s a big improvement from 2002 levels, when 71.7 percent of high school students graduated. Still, more than two in ten high school students drop out.
Looking state-by-state, Iowa posts the most impressive graduation rate – 88 percent for the 2010-2011 school year. Wisconsin and Vermont were close behind at 87 percent. Lowest graduation rates were in Nevada at 62 percent and Washington, DC, at 59 percent. Urban areas graduate a lower percentage than rural and suburban communities.
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