America’s record-high grad rate isn’t so impressive

Might say more about the education system than the kids.


The Education Department trumpeted this week that the nation’s high school graduation rate has reached a record high…of 81 percent.

Viewed another way, the data shows that nearly one in five students who started high school in 2009 didn’t graduate four years later.

While that’s not a bad stat as far as the U.S. is concerned, it’s pretty awful compared to other wealthy countries around the world.

Here are seven countries with better high school graduation rates than the U.S.*

1. Slovenia – 96 percent

With a population of just 2.1 million, the country is working with far fewer students than the U.S. But it’s also getting them through school at a much higher rate.

2. Germany – 95 percent

German boys are slightly more likely than German girls to complete high school, but either way, the country ranks high when it comes to graduation rates.

3. Iceland – 95…

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