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State 4-year graduation rates, 2010-11


Iowa 88%
Vermont 87%
Wisconsin 87%
Indiana 86%
Nebraska 86%
New Hampshire 86%
North Dakota 86%
Tennessee 86%
Texas 86%
Illinois 84%
Maine 84%

School districts with the most students enrolled in charter schools, 2011-12

Los Angeles 98,576

New York City 48,057

Detroit 47,086

Philadelphia 46,801

Chicago 44,870

Miami 41,767

Houston 40,549

New Orleans 32,597

Washington, D.C. 31,562

Broward County, Fla. 30,438

Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools


Ten states with the highest Parent Power Index

Indiana 84.0%
Florida 83.0%
Ohio 79.0%
Arizona 78.0%
District of Columbia 77.0%
Louisiana 76.0%
Pennsylvania 75.5%
Utah 75.0%
Minnesota 74.5%
Wisconsin 74.0%
Source: Center for Education Reform

*Parent Power Index "measures the ability in each state of a parent to exercise choices...engage with their local school and board, and have a voice in the systems that surround their child." The index takes into account access to charter schools, school choice and online learning; the level of teacher quality, and the transparency of education data.)

Top Ten finalists for the 2013 Aspen Prize, which honors community colleges for outstanding performance and outstanding improvements.

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