It’s official: Iowa again leads in graduation rates
Iowa continues to lead the nation in high school graduation rates, according to finalized 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 82.3 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're proud that Iowa's students are graduating high school at the highest rate in the country,” said Ryan Wise, director of the Iowa Department of Education. “This is a testament to their hard work, as well as the commitment of their teachers and schools. While this is great news, we continue to look beyond the high school diploma in Iowa to focus on preparing students for success in college and career training. We're doing this through our work to implement rigorous state academic standards, our teacher leadership system, and our statewide initiative to make sure students reach reading proficiency by the end of third grade."