Back in November, the United States Department of Education released its first ever list detailing state by state four year high school graduation rates for the 2010-2011 academic year. The state of Iowa took the top spot with 88% of its students graduating. Wisconsin and Vermont tied for second with 87%. Washington, D.C. had the lowest rate with only 59% of the students there receiving a diploma. The state of Illinois came in 10th with 84% of its students graduating and Missouri finished 22nd on the list with a graduation rate of 81%.

Overall, 26 states showed a lower rate than in previous years and 24 states remained either unchanged or increased their rate from previous years.

The ethnic statistics showed 79% of Asian students graduated, 76% of White students did so as well. The Black graduation rate nationally was 60% with Latinos at 58%.