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Data shows Michigan high school graduation rate improving

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A national report shows Michigan's high school graduation rate is improving.

The U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics report says the state's 2013-14 rate was nearly 79 percent -- up from 77 percent the previous year.

The rate is calculated by using a formula in which the number of graduates in a given year is divided by the number of students who enrolled four years earlier.

The national rate was 82 percent in 2013-14.

Iowa led the way with a 90 percent graduation rate.

The District of Columbia had the lowest, with 61 percent.

In Michigan, Blacks and Hispanics students graduated at a lower rate than the nearly 83 percent by whites.

Blacks graduated at a 64.5 percent rate.

The rate for Hispanic students was nearly 69 percent.

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