Graduation Rate Rises, Strong Gains Among Latinos
A new analysis of high school completion from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center finds that the graduation rate for America's public schools stands at 73.4 percent for the class of 2009, the most recent year for which data are available. The graduation rate, which has risen 1.7 percentage points from the previous year and more than 7 percentage points in the past decade, has reached its highest point since the late 1970s. These results also mark a second consecutive year of solid improvements, following a period of declines and stagnation.
The EPE Research Center calculates graduation rates for the nation, states, and every public school district in the country using the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI) method and data from the U.S. Department of Education's Common Core of Data.
While such signs of progress are reason for encouragement, that optimism is tempered by the reality that far too many young people are still failing to complete a high school education. We project that 1.1 million students from this year's high school class will not graduate with a diploma. That amounts to 6,000 students lost each school day, or one...
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