Latest graduation rate data shows highest level in 5 years

graduation-rateU.S. students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

The nation's high school graduation rate hit 82 percent in 2013-14, the highest level since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating graduation rates five years ago.

"America's students have achieved another record milestone by improving graduation rates for a fourth year," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "The hard work of...

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