Missouri improves high school graduation rate

Thursday, March 12, 2009 | 9:21 a.m. CDT

ALBANY, N.Y. — The national high school graduation rate remained flat at about 75 percent between 2002 and 2006, while Missouri and 11 other states made substantial gains.

The report, released Thursday by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, showed the largest gain in Tennessee, where the rate rose from 61 percent to 72 percent. Missouri's rate increased from 78 percent to 81 percent.

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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