Illinois Graduation Rates

CHICAGO (AP) -- A new report says Illinois and many other states aren't setting high enough goals for high school graduation rates.

A Washington-based think tank called The Education Trust released the study. The report looked at graduation requirements across the country under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Report author Daria Hall says Illinois' 2006 graduation goal of 72 percent was much lower than its 2005 graduation rate of 87-point-four percent.

Illinois' actual graduation rate last year was 88 percent -- 16 percentage points higher than the graduation goal.

All high schools must meet the graduation goals in order to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act.

Illinois education officials plan to review the report's findings.

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