Georgia is among the states leading the nation in reducing the number of so-called "dropout factory" high schools.

A new report from America’s Promise Alliance released Tuesday shows that Georgia has 36 fewer high schools where less than 60 percent of ninth graders make it to their senior year. The report shows the state had 156 such schools in 2002, compared to 120 in 2008, the most recent data available.

The study also shows state’s graduation rate is up from 61 percent to 65 percent in that time. The study calculated the rates based on the percentage of students who graduate high school four years after they enter.

America’s Promise Alliance is an education advocacy organization started by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife.

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