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The report found that graduation rates vary widely widely across the nation's largest school districts.  For example, the graduation rate in Fairfax County, Virginia (the nation's 14th largest school district) was 82.5% while the Detroit public school system (the nation's 11th largest school district) had a rate of 21.7%.

In addition to tracking graduation rates, the analysis includes information on areas of state policy connected to completing high school.  These findings include:

"Our research paints a much starker picture of the challenges we face in high school graduation," said EPE Research Center Director Christopher B. Swanson, who oversaw the development of the report.  "When 30% of our ninth graders fail to finish high school with a diploma, we are dealing with a crisis that has frightening implications for our country's future."