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Why Iowa’s Graduation Rate Is So Much Higher Than California’s

California’s high school graduation rate has improved in the last five years, moving from 74.7% in 2010 to 81% in 2013-14. According to data released Monday, California is one of 36 states that improved their graduation rates between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

But California high schools still have a long way to go before they match Iowa, which led the country with a 90.5% graduation rate in 2013-14.

There are a few differences that explain the gap.

One reason is simple: money.