Alabama has reached a record graduation rate, with nearly nine out of 10 students now leaving high school with a diploma. The Alabama Department of Education announced the milestone today. Officials said that in the last school year, 89% of students graduated from high school. The rate is within one percentage point of the department's goal of a 90% graduation rate by 2020. The state's graduation rate has previously been as low as 72%. Governor Robert Bentley says the achievement is a testament to hard-working teachers and school staff.