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Md. is first in nation in rate of students finishing high school

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Maryland is ranked first in the country in high school completion with a rate of 95 percent, as measured by the National Education Goals Panel, which monitors progress on eight national goals set in 1990.

The panel also recognized Maryland as the most improved state in high school completion, noting an increase from 87 percent in 1990 to 95 percent in 1996, the year on which the new ranking is based. Maryland is one of 15 states to achieve the goal of a 90 percent completion rate before 2000.

The ranking is based on the number of 18- to 24-year-olds with a high school diploma or its equivalent. The U.S. average for high school completion is 86 percent.

Pub Date: 1/09/99

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