DES MOINES, Iowa — New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before nationwide, and Iowa is at the top.
Data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics shows Iowa has a 90.5 graduation rate for the 2013-2014 academic year, compared to the 82.3 percent graduation rate nationally.
The nation’s graduation rate is at its highest level since implementing a consistent way for each state to calculate graduation rates five years ago.
“Since 2010, states, districts and schools have been using a new, common metric—the adjusted cohort graduation rate—to promote greater accountability and develop strategies that will help reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates in schools nationwide,” the report says.
Behind Iowa is Nebraska at 89.7 percent, Wisconsin and New Jersey at 88.6 percent and Texas at 88.3 percent.
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