The U.S. Department of Education recently released data on the high school graduation rate.

The most conservative way to estimate the rate is to count only those students who get a diploma in four years, and to exclude those who graduate in August or take a fifth year or get a GED.

By the most conservative estimate (called the Average Freshman Graduation Rate), the graduation rate is up to 78.2 percent, a jump of nearly 5 percentage points in only four years. (If you were to add in those who get a diploma in the fifth year, the high school graduation rate is 90%.)

A reader noticed that Vermont has the highest graduation rate in the nation. If you check the data, you will see that Michelle Rhee’s highest rated states–Louisiana and Florida–have among the lowest high school graduation rates in the nation.

The reader points this out:

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/01/high-school-graduation-rate-at-highest-level-in-three-decades/

The U.S. Department of Education released a study of high school
graduation rates on Wednesday, January 23rd.  Which state has the
highest graduation rate in the entire nation at 91.4%?  Vermont.
That’s right, Vermont.

Besides the highest graduation rate in the country, what else does
Vermont have?  We have an “F” from Michelle Rhee.  We have NO waiver
from NCLB.  We have NO charter schools.  We have NO Race-to-the-Top
funds.  Since we are at the top, I guess we don’t need to run a race
to get there.

Vermont has what really matters:  strong communities, informed
citizens, generous taxpayers who support their children, and committed
professionals in the classroom.