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Wisconsin has second highest public high school graduation rate


LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Research from 2009-2010 shows Wisconsin ranks second in the nation for the percentage of students graduating.

The 91-percent ranking comes from the national center for education statistics.

It marks the sixth consecutive year Wisconsin ranked first or second in the nation in that category.

The national average public high school graduation rate was 78.2-percent for the class of 2010.

Scott Mihalovic, Logan High School Principal credits the high rate partly because of the programming schools offer.

Those programs include the La Crosse Promise Program, that helps students prepare for their post graduation plans, and the Jobs for American Graduates program.

He said preparing students to graduate begins as soon as they enter kindergarten.

"First and foremost it starts with building relationships again that starts with young elementary aged students all the way through high school because when you build that relationship there is always someone who can get through to that student," Mihalovic said.

He also credits quality teachers for the high student graduation rate. 

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