[caption id="attachment_119746" align="alignleft" width="150"] High school graduation rates increased by more than a percentage point in 38 states between 2009 and 2010, the study found.[/caption]

The nation's high school graduation rate is the highest since 1976, but more than a fifth of students are still failing to get their diploma in four years, the Education Department said in a study released Jan. 22.

Officials said the steady rise of students completing their education is a reflection of the struggling economy and a greater competition for new jobs.

"If you drop out of high...

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