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  • Alton Burke (left), 17, a senior at South Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown, Md., talks with student intervention specialist Heather Dixon on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Kimberly Hefling)

    Report: U.S. makes modest gains in graduation rate

    Aggressive efforts to prevent students from dropping out of school contributed to a modest 3.5 percentage point increase nationally in the high school graduation rate from 2001 to 2009, according to research to be presented Monday at the Grad Nation summit in Washington.

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