Report: High-school graduation rate increases nationwide

The high-school graduation rate nationwide was 75% in 2009 — 3.5 percentage points higher than in 2001 — according to researchers. However, the data fall short of the 90% graduation rate goal established by America’s Promise Alliance, which is hosting an event today at which the research will be presented. The report finds that “early warning” systems to determine if students are at risk of dropping out help improve graduation rates. Laws that require students to attend school until age 18 and reading programs also have an effect. CBS News/The Associated Press (3/19)     

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