Diplomas Count 2012: Trailing Behind, Moving Forward

June 7, 2012

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While high school graduation rates are rising for the nation's 12.1 million Hispanic students, they still have a long way to go, according to Education Week's Diplomas Count 2012.
By 2020, one in every four U.S. schoolchildren will be Latino—their success is key to the nation's economic prosperity.
The toughest of a wave of state laws targeting illegal immigrants, Alabama's statute is affecting learning for all the Latino students in Foley, Ala.
Diplomas Count 2012 profiled individual students from the six largest Hispanic heritage groups represented in U.S. schools.
Nationally, Hispanics are less likely than some other U.S. population groups to enroll their children in preschool—not so in Perth Amboy.
But some K-12 schools, colleges, and nonprofits are helping Hispanic students make the leap from high school to higher education.
A cultural emphasis on loyalty to family leads some Latinas to pass on college or only pick schools close to home.
When it comes to educating Latino students, the nation's fourth-largest school system has a long track record.
The latest analysis from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center finds that 73.4 percent of the class of 2009 graduated on time—a 7.4 percentage point increase over 10 years.
Includes tables with updated data on:
• Graduation in the United States
• Graduation Policies for the Class of 2012
An original analysis by the EPE Research Center shows that most states are keeping pace with federal requirements to phase in new cohort graduation rates.
This online tool allows users to explore changes in state graduation rates over the past decade.
View reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia featuring detailed, state-specific data on current graduation rates and trends over time, definitions of college readiness, high school exit exams, and state requirements for earning a high school diploma.
View the Geographic Information System-based website, which includes information on graduation rates and other indicators across the United States. Interactive mapping technology allows users to zoom in on their states and access detailed data for every school district in the nation.
How Does the EPE Research Center Calculate Graduation Rates?