High school graduation rates are rising across America. The number of young people who graduate each year has increased significantly over the last decade, boosting their opportunities to go on to college, get a decent job, and be engaged members of their communities.
This year’s report to the nation shows that for the third year in a row America is on track to achieve the critical goal of 90 percent on-time high school graduation by the Class of 2020. The greatest gains in graduation rates have come among African American and Hispanic students. Some states and school districts with large numbers of low-income students have made good progress, showing that others can too. The focused and sustained effort by the GradNation campaign’s broad coalition of nonprofit groups, businesses, civic leaders, educators, and public officials is paying off.