New Data From U.S. Department of Education Reveals Highest HS Graduation Rate

Last Updated by Catherine Hiles on

Orlando, December 15, 2015 – New data on high school graduation rates released recently by the U.S. Department of Education underscore the continued need for innovative, community-based solutions highlighted by American Graduate, a local/national public media initiative focused on improving high school graduation rates.

The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics showed that the graduation rate for the nation's class of 2014 reached a record high 82 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from the class of 2013's graduation rate.

Graduation rates for several student demographics rose as well from the class of 2013 to the class of 2014, except for American Indian and Alaskan Native students, for whom rates remained virtually flat. But significant gaps remain, particularly between white students and their black and Hispanic counterparts, and economically disadvantaged students.

The data follows the passage last week of the Every Student Succeeds Act (or ESSA), the first major national education overhaul since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001.

"We are thrilled that more students than ever before are graduating from high school," said Catherine Hiles WUCF's Education & Community Engagement Manager, "We still have work to do to achieve national 90% graduation rate by 2020 and that is why WUCF is committed to supporting education in Central Florida through American Graduate."

American Graduate, public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to improving high school graduation rates, funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, has been showcasing ways in which communities can prepare more youth for success in the 21st century workplace since 2009.

You can also see more examples of WUCF's American Graduate work by visiting can also join the discussion online using #AmGradWUCF.  


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