Monday, March 19, 2012

US High School Graduation Rates Rise

From The Washington Post, "High school graduation rate rises in U.S." by Lyndsey Layton:
The national [high school] graduation rate increased to 75.5 percent in 2009, up from 72 percent in 2001. And the number of “dropout factories” — high schools where at least 60 percent of students do not graduate on time — fell from 2,007 in 2002 to 1,550 in 2010.
Researchers found that graduation rates vary by race, with 91.8 percent of Asian students, 82 percent of whites, 65.9 percent of Hispanics and 63.5 percent of blacks graduating on time.
The lower high school graduation rates for Blacks and Hispanics, and the consequential lower college graduation rate, accounts for much of the racial disparity in income in the US.

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