GradNation encouraged by record high school graduation rate

| October 19, 2016

By Daria Hall • America’s Promise Alliance • Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

The White House and U.S. Department of Education announced (on Oct. 18) that the nation’s high school graduation rate now stands at a record high, up from 82.3 percent in 2014 to 83.2 percent for 2015.

“We are excited and encouraged to see how much progress has been made in raising high school graduation rates over the past decade,” said Alma Powell, chair of America’s Promise Alliance, a leader of the GradNation campaign.

“Each incremental increase means that more young people – who in the past might have been written off – are now on a path to adult success.” …

In Arizona, the high school graduation rate rose to 77.4 percent in 2014-15, up from 75.7 percent the year before, but the state remains 44th in the nation.

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