Latest US high school graduation rate rises to 81 percent

Feb 12, 2015 10:34 AM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department says the latest high school graduation rate has reached 81 percent.

That's for the 2012-2013 school year, and it's an improvement from the year before.

But it still means that about 1 out 5 students is leaving high school without a diploma.

The highest rate was in Iowa - 90 percent.

The lowest state rate was 69 percent in Oregon. Even lower was the District of Columbia at 62 percent.

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