Iowa’s high school graduation rates are number one in the nation. Data released this week by the Education Department show Iowa ranked first among all states with a graduation rate of 90-point-five percent for the 2013-2014 school year. Maquoketa Valley ranks as one of the highest in the area at 98-point-3 percent. MV Superintendent Doug Tuetken says it doesn’t surprise him that Iowa’s graduation rates top the rest.
West Delaware’s graduation rate was 97-point-4 percent this year. High school principal Tim Felderman says the district works hard to maintain those high numbers.
The national high school graduation rate is 82-point-three percent, slightly higher than the previous school year. That’s the highest level since states adopted a uniform way of calculating their date five years ago.