Graduation rates rise… Gaps persist

By Andrew Pillow

According to the US Department of Education, graduation rates have reached a new high. 82% of the class of 2014 graduated on time. That is up three percentage points from 2011.

However, certain minorities continue to lag behind their counterparts.

A summary via EDweek.org says:

“On-time graduation rates for white students, at 87 percent, outpace those for their American Indian, 70 percent; black, 73 percent; and Latino, 76 percent, peers by considerable margins. With an 89 percent graduation rate, Asian students graduate at the highest rates.”

There is some good news in terms of the achievement gap. According to data, although achievement gaps persist between groups, they have narrowed in recent years.

Read more here.

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.