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Tennessee Tops Most Improved List for High School Graduation Rate

March 17, 2009

Nashville, TN – Tennessee has gone to the head of the class when it comes to high school graduation rates. A report by Johns Hopkins University says Tennessee showed the most improvement of any state in the percentage of students who graduated from high school between 2002 and 2006.

Jerry Winters with the Tennessee Education Association says educators are inspired by the news.

"I think this shows clearly that there's a whole lot of good things happening in Tennessee schools, that teachers are doing a good job. Although we've got a ways to go, it's really great to be at the top of the list."

The state's high school graduation rate rose during the 2002-2006 period from 61 percent to 72 percent. The national rate remained flat at 75 percent.

Winters says Tennessee educators hope the improvement is just the beginning, and they're excited about the new administration's attitude towards education so far.

"I'm pleased to see President Obama put education at the top of his priority list too, in addition to trying to work on the economy."

The Johns Hopkins University report on national graduation rates is available onlineat
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Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN