Many milestones were reached during President Obama’s 8 years in office. More people received health insurance than ever before, thousands who were once unemployed during Bush’s term finally received job opportunities, many wrongfully convicted felons were released from prison, and now we can add more high school graduates to the list of Obama Administration wins.
More people received health insurance than ever before. Thousands who were once unemployed during Bush’s term finally received job opportunities. Many wrongfully convicted felons were released from prison. And now we can add the most high school graduates in history to the list of Obama Administration wins.
The United States reached a milestone high school graduation rate, the White House announced Monday. During the 2014-2015 school year, 83.2 percent of students graduated in four years, up nearly a percentage point from the previous year, when 82.3 percent of students got a diploma.
The nation’s high school graduation rate has risen steadily since 2010-2011, when states started using a consistent, four-year adjusted standard to measure high school completion. During that first year, only 79 percent of high schoolers graduated.
Graduation rates during 2014-2015 grew for every reported student subgroup, including American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, blacks, whites, low-income students, students with disabilities and English language learners, according to the White House. However, achievement gaps persisted. Asian/Pacific Islander students had the highest graduation rates, at 90.2 percent, followed by white students, at 87.6 percent. On the other end of the spectrum, American Indian/Alaska Native students had a graduation rate of 71.6 percent. Students with disabilities and English language learners graduated at rates of 64.6 percent and and 65.1 percent, respectively.
Since 2010-2011, English language learners have made the most progress of any student subgroup, improving their graduation rates 8.1 percentage points. Black students have also made substantial progress during that time, with graduation rates improving 7.6 points.
President Barack Obama is expected to discuss the gains Monday while speaking at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, a magnet school in Washington, D.C. During the last year, Washington made more progress than anywhere else in the nation in improving graduation rates: They rose 7 percentage points, shooting from 61.4 percent to 68.5 percent.