High School Graduation Rate Hits Record High

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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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