LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new report shows the nation’s public school students reached a milestone 80 percent graduation rate, but it also ranked Nevada at the bottom of the barrel.

The Building a GradNation report released Monday listed Nevada’s 63 percent graduation rate last on the list, behind Alaska, Georgia, New Mexico and Oregon. It was based on U.S. Department of Education statistics from the 2011-2012 school year, and used a uniform formula across all states.

States previously used a wide variety of ways to calculate high school graduation rates, making comparison difficult.

Researchers said the rising national graduation rate comes as there’s more awareness of the dropout problem and as schools hire intervention specialists who work one-on-one with struggling students.

Most of the growth has occurred since 2006 after decades of stagnation.


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