A new report says North Carolina is among a handful of states with the most dramatic progress in improving high school graduation rates over the past decade.
The report is being released Monday at a summit meeting in Washington sponsored by America's Promise Alliance. It says the national graduation rate rose from 72 percent in 2001 to 75.5 percent in 2009.
Twelve states were responsible for the majority of progress in the last decade, including North Carolina.
The Tar Heel State is also praised in the report for being among national leaders in reducing the number of so-called "dropout factories," or schools that graduate 60 percent or fewer of their students on time.
The number of such schools in North Carolina dropped from 106 to 78 in the last decade.