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Iowa Has Nation's Top Four-Year High School Graduation Rate

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A new U.S. Department of Education study shows that Iowa had the nation's highest four-year high school graduation rate for the 2010-11 school year.

The data, which is still preliminary, is the first to rely on a universal measurement for all states and Washington D.C., allowing the results to be compared more fairly than in the past, when methods for measurement varied between states.

Data for Idaho, Kentucky and Oklahoma was not included in the report, released Monday.

According to the measurement, which monitors the same students throughout high school, Iowa's four-year graduation rate was 88 percent. Washington D.C. has the nation's lowest rate at 59 percent.

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