Graduation rate climbs, but progress is uneven

The national graduation rate climbed from 72% in 2001 to 75% in 2008 as states shuttered schools that had become "dropout factories," according to a report by America's Promise Alliance and two other groups. The report also found that black, Hispanic and Native American students showed the most improvement in graduation rates. Overall progress has been uneven, however, with southwestern states such as Arizona, Utah and Nevada graduating students less often.

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