High School Graduation Rates Improve Slightly
New data shows that the four-year high school graduation rates of Latino students are steadily increasing, but still lag the national average.
The newly released report from the National Center for Education Statistics examined four-year rates in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Between those graduation years the rate rose for all students from 79 percent to 80 percent.
The rate for Latino students rose from 71 percent in 2010-11 to 73 percent in 2011-12.
In contrast, the 2011-12 four-year rate for Asian students was 88 percent, for white students was 86 percent, for black students 69 percent and for American Indian students 67 percent. Limited English proficient students lagged significantly at 59 percent.
Nevertheless, The Washington Post reported that Education Secretary Arne Duncan called it “a profound milestone” that the overall rate increased to the highest in history, at 80 percent.