New Data: Missouri reaches 87.3% graduation rate in 2014
Missouri’s high school graduation rate increased to 87.3 percent, according to statistics released Tuesday by the U. S. Department of Education.
Missouri’s graduation rate rose nearly 2 percent from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 87.3 in 2014, the most recent statistics available. Among specific groups, the graduation rate for Native American, black and economically disadvantaged students, as well as students with disabilities, also rose.
Missouri is in the top 10 states nationwide for high school graduation rates. The U.S. Department of Education statistics for 2014 show a record high of 82 percent for the national high school graduation rate.
These findings highlight the success of community-based solutions, such as the American Graduate initiative. Through American Graduate, public media works with community organizations to keep kids on track and continue the positive growth in graduation numbers and successful youth outcomes.
"Today’s numbers show we continue to close the gap and make substantial gains, but it’s important to get these numbers above 90 percent for all students,” Nine Network of Public Media President and CEO Jack Galmiche said. “The latest U.S. Department of Education data show increases in the graduation rate nationally, with continued gaps between white and black and Hispanic students, and those students in poverty. This reflects a trend we have seen in our work with community partners on American Graduate since it began in 2009. These findings highlight the ongoing need to bring attention to community-based solutions to close this gap, which will in turn benefit the country overall.”
To learn more about today’s announcements or see a further breakdown of states’ graduation rates, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.