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U.S. Department of Education aims to make all graduation rates comparable

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For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education is trying to make graduation rates for public schools across the country comparable, meaning that it's attempting to measure all of them using the same yardstick.

Virginia had a 2010-11 graduation rate of 82 percent, putting the commonwealth in about the middle of the pack nationally.

Locally, Roanoke County's five high schools were all at or above that 82 percent mark.

Roanoke City's two high schools were below the state average.

Lynchburg City's two high schools were also slightly below the average.

Montgomery County's four high schools were all either at or above the 80 percent graduation rate mark.

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