High School Graduation Rate Hits Record High


New reports by the National Center for Education Statistics and America’s Promise Alliance find the graduation rate, now at 81 percent, is on the rise amid the closings of so-called dropout factories and could hit 90 percent before the end of the decade

New data released by the National Center for Education Statisticsshow that 81% of the class of 2012 graduated on time that year, the highest graduation rate on record. And according to a new reportfrom the education group America’s Promise Alliance and other partners, the U.S. could meet a 90% graduation rate as soon as 202o if the rate of progress continues. That report says much of the graduation success can be attributed to the closing of so-called dropout factories as part of the push for education reform; 648 “dropout factory” high schools were closed between 2001 and 2012, and 1.2 million children who would have gone there were educated at better schools instead. Read More


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