High school graduation rates up nationwide
Alyson Klein is reporting at Politics K-12 high school graduation rates nationwide have increased for the fourth year in a row, the Obama administration announced Mon., Oct. 17. The completion rate for the 2014-15 school year was 83.2 percent, up nearly a full percentage point over the previous year. There are still significant graduation gaps between black, Hispanic, and Native American students and their white and Asian peers, but those gaps are closing. Graduation rates rose for all students from 79 percent during the 2010-11 school year. During that same period graduation rates for black students rose even faster, by 7.6 percent; and, graduation rates for Hispanic students grew by 6.8 percent. The rates for English-language learners, students in special education and disadvantaged students also grew faster than for students overall. The shift occurred in nearly every state. In New York, the four-year completion rate increased from 77 percent in the 2010-11 school year to more than 79 percent in 2014-15. Read the full story at Politics K-12, an Education Week blog.