Northern New England Graduation Rates en VT, NH and Maine Rank High for Graduation Rates <p>The U.S. Department of Education says northern New England states have some of the best high school graduation rates in the country.<br><br>The department on Wednesday released rankings that for the first time compare states using the same data.<br><br>Vermont had the third-best graduation rate, at 87 percent, while New Hampshire ranked seventh with an 86 percent rate. Maine came in 10th, at 84 percent.<br><br>Iowa had the highest graduation rate, 88 percent, while the District of Columbia had the lowest rate, 59 percent.<br> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:15:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 53003 at