Nebraska's high school graduation rate falls

Two other Midwest states are near the top of the class when it comes to high school graduation rates, while Nebraska is in the middle of the pack.

The annual “Diploma’s Count” report from Education Week magazine shows New Jersey leads the nation, with just over 82 percent of students completing high school on time. Wisconsin is ranked second and Iowa is ranked third among the states.

The statistics are for the 2006 school year and show Nebraska’s high school graduation rate fell over the decade. Nebraska’s high school graduation rate was 78-point-seven percent in 2006, according to the magazine’s ratings. That’s ahead of neighboring Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota, but behind Iowa which had a graduation rate of about 81 percent.