White House: High school graduation rate up to record high of 83.2%

President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Benjamin Banneker Academic High School to highlight the progress that has been made over the last eight years to improve education across the country on October 17, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Pool Photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) — President Barack Obama‘s administration on Monday said the U.S. high school graduation rate reached a record high of 83.2 percent in the 2014-15 school year.

In total, the high school graduation rate increased by 4.2 percent since the 2010-11 school year. When broken down by race during the same period, graduation rates for black students increased 7.6 percent; the rate for Hispanic students increased 6.8 percent; the rate for Native American students increased 6.6 percent; the rate for white students increased 3.6 percent; and the rate for Asian and Pacific Islander students increased 3.2 percent.

“This increase reflects important progress schools across the country are making to better prepare students for college and careers after graduation,” the White House said in a statement.

The graduation rate also increased for students learning English, low-income students and students with disabilities by 8.1 percent, 6.1 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively.

Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C., on Monday about the record-high graduation rate in which he will also speak about education investments and resources available for students.


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