Graduation Progress

Oklahoma City, OK – State graduation rate exceeds national average

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's high school graduation rate fell slightly from 2005 to 2006 but remains ahead of the national average.

The 2009 "Diplomas Count" report released today shows nearly 71 percent of public high school students graduated in Oklahoma in 2006 the most recent year in which data is available.

That compares to about 69 percent nationally.

Oklahoma's graduation rate ranks 30th among the 50 states with New Jersey at the top of the list with an 82 percent graduation rate. Nevada ranked last with a graduation rate of 47 percent.

Oklahoma's graduation rate also increased by 3.6 percent from 1996 to 2006 while the national rate rose by 2.8 percent during the same time period.

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