American Indian High School Graduation Rates Improving: Gap is Shrinking


WASHINGTON — Data released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Education shows positive signs for American Indian high school graduation rates. Among other racial and ethnic groups, American Indian graduation rates were among the highest increases for data that covered a two-year period.

Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, the graduation rates for American Indian students increased by 4.7 percentage points, outpacing the growth for all students.

Other data released showed the overall gap between minority and white students is closing.

This exciting news is one more piece of evidence that America’s public schools are making important progress, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

America’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.

“The hard work of America’s educators, families, communities and students is paying off. This is a vital step toward readiness for success in college and careers for every student in this country,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “While these gains are promising, we know that we have a long way to go in improving educational opportunities for every student – no matter their zip code – for the sake of our young people and our nation’s economic strength.”

The nation’s high school graduation rate hit 81 percent in 2012-13, the highest level in the nation’s history. Since 2010, states, districts and schools have been using a new, common metric—the adjusted cohort graduation rate—to promote greater accountability and develop strategies that will help reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates in schools nationwide. The new data reflect that more accurate measure.

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