Indiana high school graduation rate among country’s highest

Indiana has the seventh-highest high school graduation rate in the country.

The Education Department said Tuesday that the rate for the 2013-14 school year was 87.9 percent.

White students in Indiana graduated at a 90.4 percent rate. Among black students the graduation rate was 75 percent, and 83.2 percent of Hispanic students graduated.

Nationally, the Education Department said 82.3 percent of students graduated high school. That was the highest rate since the department started using a new, uniform measure in 2010.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised the improvement but said too many students still leave school without a diploma.

Iowa's 90.5 percent graduation rate was the highest in the country. The District of Columbia had the lowest, at 61.4 percent.

Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

Editor's note: IBJ is now using a new comment system. Your Disqus account will no longer work on the IBJ site. Instead, you can leave a comment on stories by signing in to your IBJ account. If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. Past comments are not currently showing up on stories, but they will be added in the coming weeks. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated.