According to data released Thursday by the Department of Education, the U.S. high school graduation rate reached a new all time high of 81 percent for the 2012–2013 school year. “America’s students have achieved another record-setting milestone,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the statement. “We can take pride as a nation in knowing that we’re seeing promising gains, including for students of color. This is a vital step toward readiness for success in college and careers for every student in this country.” Results showed that Iowa has the highest rate of graduation, 90 percent while the District of Columbia had the lowest rate at 62 percent. Results do not yet show differences between gender or racial groups, though The Schott Foundation for Public Education released a report estimating that 59 percent of black males graduated from high school in the 2012-2013 school year, although the group itself notes that these are just estimates.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe