US high school graduation rate hits new record high

Achievement gap continues to narrow for under served students

U.S. students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

The nation’s high school graduation rate hit 82% in 2013-14, the highest level since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating graduation rates five years ago.

What’s more, the gap between white students and black and Hispanic students receiving high school diplomas continues to narrow, and traditionally under served populations like English language learners and students with disabilities continue to make gains, the data show.

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.

For four consecutive years, graduation rates have continued to climb, which reflects continued progress among America’s high school students.