The nation's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high — 81 percent. It was such big news, President Obama touted it in his State of the Union address.
So what's the truth behind this number? Our months-long investigation into how states are raising their rates, with reporters from 14 states, found a mix of the good, the bad and the ambiguous: In some places, questionable quick fixes like mislabeling dropouts or sliding them off the books; elsewhere, powerful long-term strategies to help struggling students make it.
That 81 percent, it's a complicated number and every state is different. So, we've compiled graduation info from each state (with help from the policy gurus at the nonprofit research group Achieve).
Look up your state to learn more about what's happening in high schools near you.
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