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State's high school grad rate near the nationwide average

Mar 20, 2012 - The Associated Press

A new report says Wyoming's high school graduation rate increased less than 1 percentage point from 74.4 percent in 2002 to 75.2 percent in 2009.

Wyoming's 2009 rate was slightly lower than the national rate of 75.5 percent.

Thirty-two states had higher graduation rates than Wyoming.

The report was presented Monday at the Grad Nation summit in Washington.

The event was organized by the children's advocacy group America's Promise Alliance founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

The authors said there are proven strategies to improve high school graduation rates, such as raising the compulsory school attendance age to 18.

Wyoming requires schooling through age 16.

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