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Fairfax and Montgomery County schools post the highest graduation rates in the country.
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Fairfax and Montgomery County schools post the highest graduation rates in the country.

Two local school systems lead the country in their ability to graduate high schoolers.

For the past four years Montgomery County Schools had the highest graduation rate among the 50 largest school districts in America according to Education Week. No longer—that title can now be claimed by Fairfax County Public Schools, with 85 percent of its seniors earning a high school sheepskin.

The Montgomery County school system is no slouch, though, with an 84 percent graduation rate that was enough to tie it for the number two spot along with the Baltimore County school system. D.C., on the other hand, graduates fewer than two-thirds of its students. The national average stands at 75 percent, the highest rate since 1973.

The findings were outlined in the 2013 Diploma Counts report from Education Week. The journal uses federal data to crunch the numbers and determine the rankings.

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