U.S. High School Graduation Rates at All Time High
The U.S. high school graduation rate is at a record high, dropout rates are down, and 1.1 million additional black and Hispanic students are attending college since 2008.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the nation’s high school graduation rate reached 82 percent in 2013-14, which is the highest rate since states adopted a uniform way of calculating rates five years ago. Prior to this, comparisons between states were often unreliable. The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) is more accurate and helps states target support to ensure students graduate on time and are college and career ready.
Outpacing the growth for all students, the graduation rates for American Indian, black, and Hispanic students increased by four-to-five percentage points between 2010-11 and 2013-14, demonstrating progress on closing the gap between minority and white students. To review the ACGR data, click here. To review achievement gap changes, click here.
If you would like assistance in addressing ways to improve your graduation rates or underserved and underrepresented students, please contact the Region IX Equity Assistance Center.
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We work closely with a variety of clients in Arizona, California, and Nevada at their request. We work with:
- Districts and schools
- Other local education agencies
- State education agencies
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School Segregation in the Western States: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Patterns
Professor Jeanne M. Powers, Arizona State University, will share her research on school segregation in the western states. Dr. Powers will provide an historical overview and discuss court cases that shaped contemporary desegregation policies. Contemporary patterns of segregation in Arizona, California, and Nevada and the implications for educational equity will also be discussed.
Participants will learn:
- Why it is essential to look at equity issues from a data perspective
- The research and an historical overview of school segregation in the western states
- The contemporary patterns of segregation in the western states and the implications for educational equity
This webinar is ideal for school district superintendents, district and school administrators, principals, school board members, and parent leaders. The webinar is provided by the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd at no charge to participants.