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Texas high school graduation rates at 78.9%

By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A new federal study says Texas' 4-year high school graduation rate climbed to 78.9% for the Class of 2010.

That's just above the national average, but below recent findings that suggested Texas was among the country's leaders in on-time high school completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics released a report Tuesday that shows 4-year graduation rates statewide rose from 73.1% in 2006-2007 to 78.9% in 2009-2010.

Nationally, the on-time graduation rate was 78.2%.

That mean nearly half of America's other states had graduation rates higher than Texas.

Separate U.S. Department of Education data from November found that Texas' 4-year graduation rate was 86% for the Class of 2011. That tied Texas with five other states for the nation's third-best high school graduation rate.

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