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High school graduation rate tops 80 percent nationally

By Eric Schulzke" />
   National high school graduation rates topped 80 percent for the first time. Nevada brought up the rear with 69 percent, while Iowa led the way with 89 percent.
"The growth has been spurred by such factors as a greater awareness of the dropout problem and efforts by districts, states and the federal government to include graduation rates in accountability measures. Among the initiatives are closing 'dropout factory' schools," the AP reported. "In addition, schools are taking aggressive action, such as hiring intervention specialists who work with students ...

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