Preliminary data recently released by the U.S. Department of Education shows that Texas ranks fourth in the nation for its four-year high school graduation rates, according to a story released by the Texas Tribune website. Texas is tied with five other states on the list.

The overall rate for the 2010-11 school year was 86 percent. Iowa, with 88 percent, and Wisconsin and Vermont, both at 87%, all rank ahead of the Lone Star state. Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota and all were tied with Texas.

Graduation rates for each high school was not supplied. The data shows that there are 7,826 high schools in Texas and 92,699 nationwide.

Graduation rates for Texas were also high in most student demographic categories. For African-American students, Texas tied with Montana for first place at 81 percent. For Hispanic students, Texas finished second at 82 percent, trailing only Maine (87%).

By contrast, Nevada (62%) and New Mexico (63%) rank as the bottom two states. The District of Columbia finished at 59%. There was incomplete data for Idaho, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

The data is available on the U.S. Department of Education at Data can be broken down by state and demographic and sorted alphabetically, high-to-low and low-to-high.

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