"4 in 5 US high school students graduate," by AP Education Writer Kimberly Hefling: "U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. … [R]esearchers are projecting … 90 percent … by 2020. … The growth has been spurred by … efforts by districts, states and the federal government to include graduation rates in accountability measures. Among the initiatives are closing ‘dropout factory’ schools. … [S]chools are … hiring intervention specialists who work with students one on one …

"Iowa, Vermont, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Texas ranked at the top with rates at 88 percent or 89 percent. The bottom performers were Alaska, Georgia, New Mexico, Oregon and Nevada, which had rates at 70 percent or below." With map goo.gl/V4jLZ3

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