MO has more work to narrow graduation gap between students

Last Updated by Aja Williams on

Although Missouri’s high school graduation rate inches closer to the 90 percent national goal, a great portion of minority, low-income and students with disabilities have not come as close.

The 2016 Building a GradNation brief, which was released Thursday in collaboration with Civic Enterprises, America's Promise Alliance and Everyone Graduates Center, showcases that while the United States climbed to a new all-time record high, it’s the first year the country isn’t on track to reach a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020.

While Missouri is among the top 10 states in the nation with the highest graduation rate and has made significant gains, subgroups of students, such as minority, low-income and students with disabilities remain in need for more resources and support to keep them on the right track.

For example, the graduation rate gap between black and white students is close to 16 percentage points, while the gap between Hispanic and white students is 10.5-percentage point.

RELATED: See the Missouri Report Card for 2013-2014

The graduation gap between students with disabilities and no students with disabilities extends to 13.6 percent.

A state report card provided by the GradNation campaign further showcases that St. Louis Public Schools still have work to do with an overall 71 percent graduation rate for 2013-2014.

Public media’s American Graduate initiative has continued to work for the past five years in raising awareness in communities across the country of the importance of helping kids stay on track in school.

Nine Network of Public Media is committed to working with community partners, organizations and others to ensure that all youth in our community and across the country graduate and are ready for the next steps in their lives.

The full 2016 Building a Grad Nation report will be released this spring. To read the full brief, visit the GradNation website

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