Report: Achievement gap persists among minority, low-income and students with disabilities

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For the first time in the past four years, the United States is off track in meeting its 90 percent high school graduation goal by 2020, according to new data released Thursday by America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and Everyone Graduates Center.

The 2016 Building a GradNation brief notes the importance of increasing the overall graduation rate but also highlights the need to ensure all students are on track toward the 90 percent.

According to the data, 29 states in 2013-2014 have met or exceeded the national graduation rate of 82 percent; however, 15 states remain with a graduation rate between 70 and 79 percent.

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In addition, in several states, minority students – specifically African-American and Hispanic students – low-income and those students with disabilities remain below a 70 percent graduation rate.

“These numbers tell a cautionary story of tremendous progress and sobering challenge,” added John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic Enterprises, also a co-author.  “Yes, we are making national progress, but too many students are being left behind in today’s economy. Without a high school diploma, they won’t have a chance at the American dream.”

Public media’s American Graduate initiative has continued to work for the past five years in raising awareness in communities across the country of the importance of helping kids stay on track in school.

A fully detailed, comprehensive 2016 Building a GradNation report will be released this spring. To read the full brief, visit the GradNation website