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New data shows Missouri is a national leader in improving graduation rates

Missouri ranks 5th in the nation in graduation rate increase since the 2010-2011 school year

Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Maryville High School to applaud the district’s strong record for keeping students in school and celebrate Missouri’s position as a national leader in graduation rate improvement.  According to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National center for Education Statistics, Missouri’s high school graduation rate has increased 5 percentage points since the 2010-11 school year, the fifth largest increase in the nation.

“Strong schools create strong communities, and that’s why here in Missouri we’ve worked across the aisle to support and improve public education,” said Gov. Nixon. “This new data shows that thanks to outstanding efforts of schools like Maryville High, Missouri is a national leader in making sure more students stay in school and on track to success.”

According to the report, Missouri’s high school graduation rate increased from 81 percent in 2010-11 to 86 percent in 2012-13, the most recent year for which data is available.  Only Nevada, Alabama, Utah, and New Mexico had larger increases in graduation rates over that time period.  In 2012-2013, Missouri was tied for the 11th highest graduation rate.

[Office of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon]