MO graduation rate ticks up, while IL slightly falls

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Monday morning, President Barack Obama announced a new graduation rate high of 83.2 percent for the United States, an increase of almost 1 percent.

In fact, this past year showed tremendous progress among subgroup student populations.

For example, black students graduation rates grew to 74.6 percent, compared to 72.5 percent the previous year, and low-income students grew from 74.6 percent to 76.1 percent. However, as the Washington Post pointed out, gaps between minority and white students persist with Hispanic, black, Native American and Native Alaskan students trailing 10 to 16 percentage points behind.

In Missouri, our graduation rate grew slightly to 87.8 percent, compared to 87.3 the previous year. In Illinois, the graduation rate actually fell slightly from 86 percent to 85.6 percent.

“Each incremental increase means that more young people – who in the past might have been written off – are now on a path to adult success,” said Alma Powell, chair of America’s Promise Alliance, an American Graduate partner.

“So many people have been part of this success,” Powell continued, “but it will take all of us to go further. There is no limit to what organizations and individuals can do to help young people succeed.”

To learn more about the national graduation rate or where your state stands, visit the White House website

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