Report: United States hits 81% high school graduation rate

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The United States Department of Education announced Thursday that the nation’s high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 81 percent in 2012-2013.

According to the state data, Iowa was the only state to reach a 90 percent graduation rate. The biggest growth among states came from Nevada and Alaska.

Nevada previously grew from 63 percent to 71 percent, while Alaska grew from 75 percent to 80 percent.

"Because of increases over the past decade or so, nearly two million additional young people have high school diplomas, giving them a chance at a more promising future,” John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance, said in a news release. “However, much work remains. Looking forward, we will focus on what more can be done so that all young people have the foundation they need to succeed in school and life."

This is the highest rate since states adopted the adjusted cohort graduation rate in 2010.

To see a breakdown of state graduation comparison, visit the US Department of Education.