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Slight Uptick in Nation’s High School Graduation Rate Concerns Experts

Tuesday, January 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Anderson

The nation’s annual graduation rate data was made public last week. Overall and with a new all-time high, 84.6 percent of students are graduating from U.S. public high schools. That number represents a half-point increase when compared to the prior year. Students with disabilities show a 1.6 percent increase. However, according to graduation experts, this is the first time since 2011 that the overall increase has not risen by at least a full percent. The 2016-2017 school year data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Broken down by state, NCES details state-reported graduation outcomes of students by race and ethnicity, for poor students, for students with disabilities, for English Learners and other demographics. New Mexico (71.1%) and Oregon (76.7%) report the lowest graduation rates and New Jersey (90.5%) reports the highest rate.

See the NCES state graduation data for all states and student categories.

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