SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A new study says the graduation rate for Utah's public high schools is on the rise, but less than half of those students are ready for college.
According to the report released by Manhattan Institute, Utah's graduation rate in 2002 was 78-percent, but only 37-percent of them left high school with skills necessary to attend college.
Still, Utah was above the national average in the study, placing 12th in the nation in graduation rates.
A Utah State Office of Education official says some of the conclusions being drawn in the study may be a bit inconclusive. She says there still isn't enough data to truly measure how students are prepared for different types of post-high school education and career opportunities.
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