High school graduation rates at highest in nearly 40 years

  • Article by: LYNDSEY LAYTON , Washington Post
  • Updated: January 21, 2013 - 9:54 PM

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johndontJan. 21, 1311:20 PM

Graduation rates improved for every race and ethnicity in 2010, but gaps among racial groups persist. Asian students had the highest graduation rate, with 93 percent of students finishing high school on time. White students followed with an 83 percent graduation rate, American Indians and Alaska Natives with 69.1 percent, and African-Americans with 66.1 percent.

Asian students have some kind of secret formula for performing in school. Probably something like showing up for class and doing the work. Yep, it's probably that complicated!

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elmore1Jan. 22, 1312:05 AM

Why is Mpls less than fifty percent?

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comment229Jan. 22, 13 5:54 AM

I am not sure "culture" or "heritage" is the major factor here, but I will tell you that the societal perception to education is. When you study the schools in Finland relative to their society's perception of education, and then add in the factors of commitment in terms of money and facilities and people, you get what Finland enjoys today. But for some people, one in particular, it is too easy to blame minority groups, and jump on the Michelle Rhee bad teacher (we want vouchers!) band wagon. Same old starting premise for me.... 30 kids walk into a classroom, and 25 do fine, and 5 fail not only that class, but every other class. It must be the school's fault or the teacher's fault.... couldn't have anything to do with the student or the parents.

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clnorthJan. 22, 13 7:09 AM

"couldn't have anything to do with the student or the parents." 50 years of liberal social engineering has brought us here. Very sad that we are below average in graduation rates.

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PicklesJan. 22, 13 7:51 AM

This only shows that you can achieve a goal if you set the bar low enough. The US continues to fall behind compared to the rest of the industrialized world. Until parents and students hold themselves accountable for learning and gaining an education, the US will never be able to increase graduation rates AND improve its standing globally relative to education at the same time.

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comment229Jan. 22, 13 8:01 AM

"50 years of liberal social engineering has brought us here." Don't get me wrong, but are you implying that education was better in 1963 and that nobody failed in the early 60's?

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