Data released earlier this week shows that the high school graduation rate hit a record high for the 2013-2014 school (the last year for which data is available) at 82%. This is up 1% from the year before and the fourth year in a row that rates have risen.
The best news to be gleaned from the data is that graduation rates have been steadily rising for all groups of students, including American Indian students, Hispanic students, Black students, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and more.
While this is all good news, we still have a lot of work to do in the American education system. Our mission is to ensure that ALL students graduate high school, regardless of background, and yet there is still a persisting (though slowly closing) achievement gap across the board.
Check out our high-impact policies for how we work to close this gap.