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High School Grad Rates Improve

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January 29, 2013

By: Catherine 

The national high school graduation rate has continued to rise, with 78.2 percent of students who began as freshmen four years prior receiving a diploma in 2009-2010, according to new National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data. In related findings, the dropout rate fell to 3.4 percent.

According to coverage and analysis from Education Week, the graduation rate has not been this high since the 1969-1970 school year (EDIT: Other sources cite 1974 as the last year with graduation rates this high). Gaps narrowed between white students and black students as well as between white and Hispanic students. This latter group made the most gains in graduation rate. In addition, the data indicates that females are less likely to drop out than males.

Robert Balfanz of the Everyone Graduates Center suggests this graduation rate upswing may be due, in part, to education reforms begun in the 2000s, according to Education Week’s Caralee Adams. The lower dropout rate may result from the weak job market, says NCES Commissioner Jack Buckley.

In addition, improved graduation rates are an indication of the tremendous work that educators like you do everyday to educate, inspire and motivate students. Thank you!

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