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Iowa has the highest graduation rate in the U.S.

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The U.S. Department of Education says Iowa had the nation's top graduation rate for last year's academic year.

Iowa's rate for the 2010-2011 school year was 88 percent. Wisconsin had the second best graduation rate at 87 percent.

The data released also showed a lower graduation rate for children with disabilities and with a limited proficiency in English. Both cases had a rate of 70 percent.

Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass released a statement regarding the new data, saying "…despite Iowa's long-standing commitment to educational equity, the state faces significant gaps in achievement driven largely by the challenges facing students with special needs, students who come from low-income backgrounds, and students whose first language is not English. We have a moral imperative to address those gaps and to give Iowa's children the educational foundation they need to succeed in life."  

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