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Last year's high school graduation rate was the highest in US history


The U.S. high school graduation rate hit 83.2 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, the highest rate on record. President Obama will discuss this further Monday when he visits Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C.

Every demographic subgroup reported an increased graduation rate, according to White House data. However, minorities still trail white students by a significant margin.

Graduation rates by the numbers (plus percentage change since 2014)

  • American Indian/Alaska native: 71. 6 percent (+6.6)
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 90. 2 percent (+3.2)
  • Hispanic: 77.8 percent (+6.8)
  • Black: 74.6 percent (+7.6)
  • White: 87.6 percent (+3.6)
  • Low-income students: 76.1 percent (+6.1)
  • English learners: 65.1 percent (+8.1)
  • Students with disabilities: 64.6 percent (+5.6)
  • Overall: 83.2 percent (+4.2)

Graduated, sure, but what did they learn?

Iowa led the nation with a 90.8 percent graduation rate. New Mexico ranked the lowest among states, with 68.6 percent (and D.C. notched 68.5 percent).

However, some caution that graduation rates don't reflect how much students have actually learned. The National Assessment of Educational Progress showed high school seniors scored worse on reading tests than they did in 1992.

Is a higher graduation rate good or bad news?

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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