United States High School Graduation Rate Reaches A Record High

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The high school graduation rate in the US reached an all-time high of 83 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, President Obama announced today, marking the fifth straight record-setting year.

The high school graduation rate in the United States has hit a record high of 83.2 percent. President Obama traveled to a District of Columbia high school to make the triumphant announcement and talk about programs launched during his administration to spur students to go to college and help them to earn degrees.

"You're an example of a school doing it the right way", Obama told the students at Benjamin Banneker, where the graduation rate is 100 percent. "More African-American and Latino students are graduating than ever before", he said. He said that repetitive work done in factories or offices can now be done by machine. "We still got more work to do.There are still too many states that are cutting back on public education". But "overall, the evidence is clear that students who have a high school diploma do better in the 21st Century economy than students who don't".

One of the many measures on the November ballot, Measure 98, aims to improve the moribund graduation rate. That same year, Texas opened more pathways for students to graduate high school, which was met criticism because the new requirements set lower graduation requirements for certain students. "Black, Hispanic, and Native American students continued to narrow the gap between their graduation rates and those of their white peers, even as all groups made progress".

Last year, math scores for fourth and eighth graders dropped for the first time in 25 years on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress - also known as the Nation's Report Card. Experts say that a more uniform education system across states, thanks in part to more cohesive federal standards like Common Core and the creation of a consistent system for reporting graduation rates, has played a role in boosting numbers nationwide. Members of the Class of 2015 began their school career during the early days of the Bush administration, long before Obama's policies took hold.

In many places, the high school graduation exam is also a low bar, Cohen says, while some states have dropped it altogether.

The White House released the new high school graduation statistics Monday morning. That's an increase of 4.2 percent since 2010.



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