Graduation Gap Continues To Narrow For Latino High School Students

Latino High School Graduation Rates Increase

Good news on the education front: Latino students are closer to closing the graduation gap with their white, non-Hispanic peers.

According to data from the National Center For Education Statistics, the national graduation rate for Hispanic students increased from 71 percent in the 2010-2011 school year to 76.3 percent in 2013-2014. However, Latino students still lag behind their white peers; non-Hispanic whites — who graduated 87.2 percent of the time. Blacks also saw gains, increasing their graduation rates from 67 to 72.5 percent.

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Texas had the highest graduation rate for Latino: 85.5 percent. 

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that American graduation rates have improved for four straight years. "The hard work of teachers, administrators, students and their families has made these gains possible, and as a result many more students will have a better chance of going to college, getting a good job, owning their own home and supporting a family," he said.

He added: "We take pride as a nation in knowing that we're seeing promising gains, including for students of color."

Graduation rates increased across the board, even amongst low-income students, students with disabilities and ESL students. 

"A high school diploma is absolutely critical, absolutely attainable and key to future success in college, in workforce and in life," Duncan said. "It is encouraging to see our graduation rate on the risk, and I applaud the hard work we know it takes to see this increase. But too many students never get their diploma, never walk across the graduation stage, and while our dropout numbers are also decreasing, we remain committed to urgently closing the gaps that still exist in too many schools and in too many communities."

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