Iowa again leads US in graduation rates

Deirdre Cox Baker [email protected]

Four-year graduation rates in Iowa once again lead among the nation’s public school systems, with Bettendorf, North Scott and Pleasant Valley districts tracking above the state average.

“We’re proud that Iowa continues to be the national leader in high school graduation rates,” Ryan Wise said. Wise directs the Iowa Department of Education, which released the report Tuesday.

“At the same time, we have work to do to ensure all students are prepared to succeed beyond high school.”

In Iowa, 91.3 percent of students in the Class of 2016 completed high school within four years. The state’s graduation rate has climbed 3 percentage points over a six-year period.

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