The South begins to rise -- in graduation rates

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The graduation rate is rising for two states in the South, according to new data released this week.

Tennessee and Georgia each saw an uptick in the number of students walking away with a high school diploma in the 2013-2014 school year.

In Tennessee, the graduation rate rose from 86.3 percent to 87.2 percent, according the state’s report card. Further, Wilson County Schools are now among the best in the state with a 96.3 percent graduation rate, according to the Tennesseean.

In Georgia, the rate rose from 71.8 percent to 72.5 percent.

These statistics appear to be on par with national numbers, which was shown to be more than 80 percent of students across the country graduated from high school in 2012.

America’s Promise Alliance has set a national goal of reaching 90 percent graduation rate by 2020.

Several states have not yet released their data on graduation rates to compare.