AUSTIN, Texas A new federal study says Texas four-year high school graduation rate climbed to 78.9 percent for the Class of 2010.

That s just above the national average, but below recent findings that suggested Texas was among the country s leaders in on-time high school completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics released a report Tuesday that shows four-year graduation rates statewide rose from 73.1 percent in 2006-2007 to 78.9 percent in 2009-2010.

Nationally, the on-time graduation rate was 78.2 percent.

That mean nearly half of America s other states had graduation rates higher than Texas.

Separate U.S. Department of Education data from November found that Texas four-year graduation rate was 86 percent for the Class of 2011. That tied Texas with five other states for the nation s third-best high school graduation rate.
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