Iowa high school graduation rate is on the rise

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The number of high school graduates in Iowa is on the rise.

The Iowa Department of Education has released statistics showing an improvement of the statewide graduation rate from 2011-2012.

Significant increases were noted among students whose first language is not English, students with disabilities, and students from low-income backgrounds. All but two subgroups showed improvement.

Out of the 318 school districts in Iowa, 54 percent saw an increase in their four-year graduation rates.

“Iowa’s graduation rate is a testament to the hard work and commitment that teachers and school leaders show in classrooms across the state,” Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass said. “While we work to continue that momentum, we also must look beyond the high school diploma and make sure all students are prepared for success after high school.”

For all the high school graduation statistics in Iowa, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website.