For the first time ever, new data details just how many students are not graduating high school in each state.
The data, released by the Department of Education, measures high school graduation rates by how many ninth graders graduate with a standard diploma within four years. The 2010-2011 results reveal that the achievement gap is more shocking than was originally thought.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “By using this new measure, states will be more honest in holding schools accountable and ensuring that students succeed. Ultimately these data will help states target support to ensure more students graduate on time, college and career.”
Click through the gallery to see which states have the worst high school graduation rates in the country and which have the best.
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