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03/14/14

Graduation Rate on the Rise in Iowa

GlobeGazette (Iowa) (03/14/14)

The Iowa Department of Education reports the third consecutive yearly gain in the state's high school graduation rate to 89.68 percent in 2013, up from 89.26 percent in 2012 and 88.32 percent in 2011. Graduation rates rose 10.5 percent among Native American students, 2.02 percent among Hispanic students, and 1.82 percent among students whose first language is not English. Meanwhile, the state's dropout rate fell to 2.82 percent in the 2012-13 school year from 3.20 percent in the 2011-12 school year. "As a former Iowa superintendent and high school principal, I know the hard work that goes into getting every student across the finish line to complete high school," said Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck. "Iowa's increasing graduation rate is a testament to the commitment of everyone across the state, from parents to teachers to administrators to policymakers."
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