Oregon has 3rd-lowest graduation rate in US

Oregon's rate was about 74 percent, a better mark than only Nevada and New Mexico

Caps are thrown after a graduation ceremony. (MGN Online)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon improved its graduation rate with the class of 2015, but it’s still one of the lowest in the nation.

The U.S. Department of Education reported Monday that Oregon’s rate was about 74%, a better mark than only Nevada and New Mexico. Nationwide, the high school graduation rate rose to 83%.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports it’s the first time in years that Oregon has not ranked dead-last in graduating white students. Nevada claimed that dubious distinction.