Happy Black Girl News! High School Graduation Rates Predicted To Reach 90% By 2020

February 25, 2013  |  

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High school graduation rates are steadily rising for the first time in decades, reports Reuters. The “Building a Grad Nation” report revealed that graduation rates in Tennessee,  Louisiana, Alaska, California, Texas and New York have dramatically improved. The national graduation rate is also reported to have increased from 71.7 percent in 2001, to 78.2% in 2010. If the momentum continues at this rate, the report suggests that the United States could be looking at a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.

“For the first time in 40 years, we have seen significant, sustained improvement,” revealed  co-author of the study, John Bridgeland.

Graduation rates  in Iowa, Wisconsin and Vermont take the lead among other states in the nation with nearly 90 percent of students graduating high school.

“Increasing the graduation rate has to be a purposeful exercise, something you’re driven to do every day. More and more, you’re seeing people across the country get it,” said Terry Glover, Supt. of Houston, Texas public schools.

Nevada and New Mexico are ranked the lowest, with only six in ten freshmen students predicted to earn their diplomas in four years. Unfortunately, the report also revealed that nationally, the percentage of high school graduating minorities still falls behind that of their White peers, with one-third of African American students and 29 percent of Hispanic students dropping out prior to graduation. The graduation rate of African American and Hispanic students in Minnesota remained somewhere near 50 percent in 2011.

“We need to look at these disparities head on,” said Brenda Cassellius, Education Commissioner of Minnesota.

Tactics administered by education boards in various states with improved graduation rates included: building new schools, allowing students to make flexible schedules, hiring more school counselors to check student transcripts for missing credits and sending emissaries to home the homes of truant students.


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  • Bitter Silverback

    Skool be all racist and sheeit.

  • Taj

    With as watered down as the curriculum is for the grades k-12 for various schools, I take this news with a grain of salt. Besides, getting a high school diploma is only prerequisite to getting a job. If you want a decent job (or a career) with pay and benefits, you are going to have to get some sort of additional training whether through college or vocational training.

    • Nikki

      I disagree with your statement about curriculum being watered down. My younger brother is finishing high school right now, and he asked me for help with his math homework. Coincidently, he was working on a concept I learned in Multivariable Calc last semester. (And the state I live in has been in the bottom 40 since the early 2000s)

      • Taj

        That is only one case. However, that is not the case for a number of schools — especially those schools that lack resources and have a high turnover rate for teachers.