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A new report from the Obama administration provides some encouraging news—high school graduation rates for most states continue to improve.

The majority of states also are showing gains for Black and Hispanic students, according to preliminary data released last week by the Obama administration.

The Education Department says preliminary data indicate 36 states saw higher graduation rates for the 2013-2014 school year. The biggest gains were in Delaware, Alabama, Oregon, West Virginia and Illinois.

Five states had declines: Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The District of Columbia also slipped.

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