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Utah's high school graduation rate above national average

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's high school graduation rate is slightly higher than the national average, ranking middle-of-the-pack among all states.

The Education Department said Tuesday that the rate for the 2013-14 school year was 83.9 percent.

White students in Utah graduated at a 87 percent rate. Among black students the graduation rate was 69 percent, and 73 percent of Hispanic students graduated.

Nationally, the Education Department said 82.3 percent of students graduated high school. That was the highest rate since the department started using a new, uniform measure in 2010.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised the improvement but said too many students still leave school without a diploma.

Iowa's 90.5 percent graduation rate was the highest in the country. The District of Columbia had the lowest, at 61.4 percent.

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