The national high school graduation rate rose once more for the previous school year. More high school students graduated on time in the year 2014-2015. According to federal data, the graduation rate for high school is now at 83 percent nationwide. The figures show an improvement all across the board. But there is significant improvement in groups that were previously at risk for not finishing their studies on time. Graduation rates for black, Hispanic as well as low-income students have improved sometimes by more than five percentage points. The improvement in the graduation rate follows a trend that started in the school year of 2010-2011.
Improvements in the Graduation Rate
The gaps that exist between groups of students are becoming narrower. However, some groups still have better odds than others at graduating on time. Almost 88 percent of white students finished high school on time. That’s ten points higher than the next group, Hispanic students. 78 percent of them graduated on time. The high school graduation rate for black students in 75 percent. While the figure for Native American and Native Alaskan students is 72 percent.
Two groups that have performed well in the previous school year are low-income students and students that are learning English as a second language. The gains they have made regarding the high school graduation rate exceed the average. The high school graduation rate for low-income students went up by 6.1 percent. For English-learning students it went up by 8.1 percent. This is very good progress. But the graduation rates for these two groups are still significantly lower. Low-income students have a 76 percent chance of graduating from high school on time. Students that are learning English as a second language have a 65 percent chance.
Overall, the 83 percent average graduation rate is an improvement from last year.
President Barack Obama Talks about Education
The White House released the data regarding the national high school graduation rate the same day President Barack Obama attended an event at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. The President gave a speech in which he highlighted the efforts made by his administration to improve public education. Also, the President took the opportunity to praise the District for the recent academic progress that it had made.
“We have made a lot of progress in terms of making sure that young people across the country get the kind of great education that you’re getting here at Banneker.”
Said President Barack Obama.
Barack Obama went on to talk about what still needs to be done for education. He said that there has been progress, but there is still a lot left to do. Unfortunately, too many states cut funding to education. Also, they have not made efforts to raise standards and improve performance in education.
“In too many school districts, we still have too many schools that despite the heroic efforts of a lot of great teachers, are not fully preparing our kids for success because they don’t have the resources to do it, or the structure to do it.”
Said President Barack Obama.
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