Rate of college grads in Washington dropped, Feds say

By Jacques Von Lunen, Columbian staff writer

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Washington's percentage of young adults with college degrees slightly dropped from 2009 to 2010.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Friday will speak to the National Governors Association at an event in Williamsburg, Va. His speech will focus on college completion rates in individual states and in the country as a whole, the federal education department announced today.

In its announcement, the federal department published state-by-state figures of post-secondary degree completion among 25-34-year-olds in 2009 and 2010. The rate of completion slightly rose nationwide in those two years.

President Barack Obama has called on states to increase the number of students obtaining degrees to a national average of 60 percent by the end of the decade. The United States once led the world in percentage of adults with college degrees, but is now in 16th place, the statement read.

Washington in 2010 was 21st in percentage of 25-34-year-olds with a post-secondary degree. The year before, it was 19th. Its percentage dropped from 41.6 to 40.9 percent in that time.

The state had 373,615 individuals with degrees in 2010.

College graduates by state

The federal Department of Education published a list of how many 25-34-year-olds hold some kind of post-secondary degree in each state.