U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High

The U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics released new data on Tuesday showing that students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before.

The nation's high school graduation rate hit 82 percent in 2013-14, the highest level since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating graduation rates five years ago. In 2010, schools adopted an adjusted cohort graduation rate in an effort to promote greater accountability and develop strategies to help reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates nationwide. Since that time, graduation rates have steadily increased.

Additionally, the gap between white students and black and Hispanic students receiving high school diplomas continues to narrow. Traditionally underserved populations like English language learners and students with disabilities continue to make gains as well, the data show.

"America's students have achieved another record milestone by improving graduation rates for a fourth year," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a written statement. "The hard work of teachers, administrators, students and their families has made these gains possible and as a result many more students will have a better chance of going to college, getting a good job, owning their own home, and supporting a family. We can take pride as a nation in knowing that we’re seeing promising gains, including for students of color."


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