Report: Kansas high school graduate rate increases

TOPEKA | A new report says Kansas' high school graduation rate rose from 1996 to 2006 and stayed above the national average.

Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit Maryland group that publishes Education Week, has released its Diplomas Count report for each state.

Kansas ranked 16th overall, with a graduation rate of 75.4 percent for 2006. The national average was 69.2 percent.

Since 2006, the report said, Kansas' graduation rate has risen 2.5 percentage points. That's a little slower than the national average of 2.8 percentage points.

But Kansas' graduation rates were above the national average in 2006 for all gender and ethnic groups, except Hispanic males and females.