The on-time high school graduation rate in the United States reached a record high of 81.4 percent in 2013 and is on track to reach 90 percent by 2020, according to a new report from the GradNation campaign.
That marks the third year in a row that the rate has remained on track to meet the 2020 goal. But challenges still exist, including wide graduation gaps between low-income and minority students and their more-advantaged peers. The graduation rates for Hispanic/Latino and African-American students, for example, were 75.2 percent and 70.7 percent, respectively, compared with 86.6 percent for white students and 88.7 percent for Asian students.
The report is the sixth update by the GradNation campaign, a joint project of America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, Everyone Graduates Center, and the Alliance for an Excellent Education. It uses data from the U.S. Department of Education.
A version of this article appeared in the May 20, 2015 edition of Education Week as High School Completion