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New report shows Idaho’s high school graduation rate is 41st in nation

Idaho’s graduation rate tied for 41st in the nation in 2013-14, according to new numbers released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education. Idaho EdNews reporter Kevin Richert writes that the report challenges the longtime conventional wisdom that Idaho boasts one of the nation’s highest high school graduation rates, even as state leaders have readily acknowledged Idaho’s college attendance and college graduation rates lag near the bottom of national rankings.

In actuality, Idaho’s high school graduation rate may also be lagging, Richert writes, beating out only eight states and the District of Columbia. You can read his full report online here.

Idaho’s ranking came as the national graduation rate rose to a record 82.3 percent, compared to Idaho’s rate of 77.3 percent.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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