The Building a Grad Nation Data Brief highlights state high school graduation rate trends, with a focus on the graduation rates for key groups of students. For the first time, the Data Brief includes 50 state reports detailing graduation rate progress. A precursor to the annual Building a Grad Nation Report, the Data Brief is co-authored by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Building a Grad Nation
Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education
America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education
Continuing a nearly decade-long upward trend, the nation’s on-time high school graduation rate hit a record high of 82.3 percent for the Class of 2014. This is a tremendous milestone.
But two issues mar the achievement. First, for the first time in four years, the nation is not on track to reach its goal of a 90 percent on-time graduation rate by 2020. The rate needs to increase by 1.3 percentage points to remain on track; this year’s increase was .9 percentage points.
Second, in spite of significant increases for some groups, the nation continues to suffer from severe gaps in graduation rates affecting students of color, students from low-income families, students with disabilities and English-language learners.