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Wisconsin's graduation rate is second best in country

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Wisconsin has the second-highest high school graduation rate in the country.

The U.S. Education Department reports for the first time a list of state graduation rates based on a formula created by the National Governors Association. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the new method tracks ninth-graders who graduated with a diploma in 2011. Wisconsin was one of 26 states that saw graduation rates decline under the new measurement.

Wisconsin officials have said for a long time that the state has one of the top graduation rates in the country, but it was never official until now.

The State Journal says, Wisconsin's 87 percent graduation rate ties for second with Vermont. Iowa's 88 percent graduation rate comes out on top. Nevada was the state with the lowest graduation rate at 62 percent.

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