The National Center for Education Statistics released the 2014-2015 on-time high school graduation rates, and they look good: 83.2%. The all-time high rate continues the upward trends we have seeing for the last decade.
But, not all states look as good as others:
While every student group is improving, you can see below that gaps between them are still present.
When you combine student poverty with state graduation rates, you see a picture that is a bit more clear.
While the graph above is simply a best-fit line, it does show that states with higher poverty also tend to have lower graduation rates. What we should be looking at are states with the same poverty rates as others, but much higher graduation rates, to identify possible lessons. Is it a more homogeneous population? Are more resources invested in schools? Do teachers have better training? Are graduation requirements easier? There is a lot that goes into graduation rates. So, even though we can be excited that they’re increasing for all groups, increasing opportunities for thousands of students, we still have a lot of gaps to fill.