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February 25, 2013 11:37 AM United States on Track to Graduate 90 Percent of High School Students By 2020

By Daniel Luzer

According to a report released today by America’s Promise Alliance, an advocacy group founded by Colin and Alma Powell, there’s a least one education trend that’s positive. The high school graduation is on the rise.

The paper indicates that,

For the first time the U.S. is on track to meet the national Grad Nation goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the class of 2020. The national high school graduation rate increased 6.5 percentage points since 2001 with an average growth of 1.25 percentage points each year from 2006-2010 to 78.2. As a result of this acceleration more than 200,000 additional students received diplomas in 2010 than in 2006.

The high school graduation rate is 78.2 percent (or it was in 2010, the last year from which data is available). That’s an increase of almost seven percentage points from 2001.

Much of the jump in high school graduation had to do with increases in the graduation rate of Hispanic and African American students. The Hispanic high school completion rate was only 61 percent in 2006; it was 71.4 percent in 2010. The African American graduation rates increased from 59.2 percent in 2006 to more than 66 percent in 2010.

Two states—Wisconsin and Vermont—already have 90 percent high school graduation rates.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer