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GRADUATION RATES: Slight Statewide Improvement

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For the third year in a row, the state’s graduation rate has improved, slightly.

The Iowa Department of Education shows 89.68-percent of Iowa seniors graduated in 2013. That’s up about half a percent from 2012 and over a full percent from 2011.

Council Bluffs reported the largest gains of Iowa’s largest schools with an increase of over 3 percent.

Des Moines schools were up a half-a-percent.