Graduation Rates Showing Improvement

A report finds the national high school graduation rate remained flat at about 75 percent between 2002 and 2006. But at the same time, a dozen states made substantial gains.

The report by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found the
largest gain was in Tennessee, where the rate rose from 61 percent
to 72 percent.

Rounding out the list of states with substantial gains: North Carolina, Delaware, Kentucky, South Dakota, Arkansas, Alabama, New York, Hawaii, Missouri, Nebraska and New Hampshire.

The report comes just days after President Barack Obama's first
major speech on education, in which he discussed reducing the high
school dropout rate and pushing states to adopt more rigorous
academic standards.

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