Monday, February 25, 2013
For the first time in decades, the United States is making steady gains in the number of high school students earning diplomas, putting it on pace to reach a 90% graduation rate by 2020, according to a new analysis
But minority students continue to fall well behind their white peers, with about one-third of African-American students and 29% of Hispanic students dropping out before graduation. In Nevada, for instance, just 43% of African-American students earned their diplomas in 2011. Even generally high-performing states such Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Connecticut have strikingly poor records with some minority students. Minnesota has the biggest gaps: The graduation rate for African-American and Hispanic students hovered around 50% in 2011, compared to 84% for white students.