High School Graduation Rates Up Nationally!

Dear Commons Community,

Education Week is reporting on a new analysis of high school completion from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center (EPE) that finds that the national graduation rate stands at 71.7 percent for the class of 2008, the most recent year for which data are available. The highest level of graduation for the nation’s public high schools since the 1980s, this result also marks a significant turnaround (3 percent increase) following two consecutive years of declines and stagnation.   New York State is on par with the national percentage at 71.8 percent and is ranked 31st among the states.  In New York City, the graduation  rate was 57.3 percent which is better than a number of other large metropolitan areas including Houston, Baltimore, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.   The bad news is that 1.2 million students  will drop-out of high school this year,  39, 669 of which will be in New York City.

The Education Week article is available at: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/06/09/34analysis.h30.html

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