This, no doubt is good news. The other side of the equation is that now the U.S. needs to improve the standards required to graduate from high school. At current, according to some sources, the U.S. ranks 36th in the world with regard to education. The fact that more students are graduating high school could be a very encouraging sign that education once again is becoming a priority in U.S. homes and schools.
High School Graduation Rate Hits Record High
Charlotte Alter @charlottealter
New reports by the National Center for Education Statistics and America’s Promise Alliance find the graduation rate, now at 81 percent, is on the rise amid the closings of so-called dropout factories and could hit 90 percent before the end of the decade
The U.S. high school graduation rate has reached 81%, the highest graduation rate in history, and seems primed to reach 90% by 2020, according to new federal data.
New data released by the National Center for Education Statistics show that 81% of the class of 2012 graduated on time that year, the highest graduation rate on record. And according to a new report from the education group America’s Promise Alliance and other partners, the U.S. could meet a 90% graduation rate as soon as 202o if the rate of progress continues. That report says much of the graduation success can be attributed to the closing of so-called dropout factories as part of the push for education reform; 648 “dropout factory” high schools were closed between 2001 and 2012, and 1.2 million children who would have gone there were educated at better schools instead.