The Teacher's Desk

Jacquie's Gold Stars

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Each month I honor an individual, team, program, school, or piece of legislation that is helping to promote a quality education for kids. I welcome your nomination for this honor, and I will consider thoughtfully any name(s) you recommend. You can use the "Contact " link to make a nomination. Please explain why you think your nominee should be honored, and let me know how I can contact you for verification. And if you're one of a group that has gone the extra mile, tell me about it. It doesn't hurt to blow your own horn once in awhile. And besides, nobody will ever accuse you of bragging because I don't ever reveal the nominator's name.


I am pleased to award the final Gold Stars from the Teacher's Desk to...


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  Kentucky map


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The latest graduation rates* statistics (2012-13) list these three states as number ONE.

Iowa, my home state, heads the list for High School Graduation Rates for all students — 89.7%.

Kentucky is number one for High School Graduation Rates for all students Low Income students — 85.4%.

Arkansas is on top of the heap for High School Graduation Rates for Children with Disabilities — 80.4%.

Data Notes

The Education Department notes that although these rates are more comparable than rates published in previous years, some states still implement requirements differently, resulting in potential differences in how rates are computed.

Furthermore, data was unavailable for a few states with missing figures. California, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas submitted data late and was not subject to the Education Department's data quality review. Idaho will not begin to report adjusted cohort graduation rates until the 2013-14 school year.

But...none of that tarnishes the accomplishments of Iowa, Kentucky and Arkansas. A number one status in any of the three categories (total, low-income, and children with disabilities) is commendable, and all three states deserve recognition.

* SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Reports

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