Iowa is number one in the nation when it comes to high school graduation rates, reports
the state's own Des Moines Register, which is surely giddy over the news.
According to the US Department of Education, the Hawkeye State graduated 88% of its students in the 2010-2011 school year, trumping Wisconsin's 87% by a nose (or rather "knows"). The worst
performing states on this front are to be found out west. New Mexico promoted only 63% of its students into the post-K-12 world, while Nevada did even worse at 62%.
American patterns of settlement in the 19th century saw the midwestern region disproportionately populated
by Scandinavians, which may account for the area's relatively impressive educational stats, via Northern European values possibly carrying over into today's Iowa parenting styles. Northern Europe today continues to receive praise for its well-performing students, with Finland
in particular a veritable scholastic superstar. Could whatever formula for success that makes Scandinavia so impressive in the classroom be popping up stateside?
Via the Des Moines Register