Iowa again leads in graduation rates
Iowa continues to lead the nation in high school graduation rates, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education. Data show that 90.5 percent of Iowa’s seniors graduated from high school in the 2013-14 school year, up from 89.7 percent the year before. That compares to an 82 percent national average for the 2013-14 school year.
Data also show that Iowa’s education system is making progress in graduation rates among traditionally underserved students, including low-income students, minority students, students with disabilities and English Language Learners.
“We are proud that Iowa’s students are graduating high school at the highest rate in the country and that Iowa is narrowing the achievement gap among groups of students,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. “We’re also focused on looking beyond the high school diploma in Iowa to better prepare students for success in college and career training.”