Graduation Gap Between Minority and White Students is Closing

New Grad Rate Data Show Gap Between Minority and White Students Is Closing

New data out today show some positive signs in ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed, no matter their zip code.

Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, the graduation rates for American Indian, black, and Hispanic students increased by nearly four percentage points over two years, outpacing the growth for all students. This also shows that the gap between minority and white students is closing.


This exciting news is one more piece of evidence that America’s public schools are making important progress. America’s high school graduation rate is at a record high, dropout rates are down, and 1.1 million additional black and Hispanic students are attending college since 2008.

We still have work to do in improving educational opportunities for every student, but we are seeing incredible progress, and the credit for this progress goes to America’s educators, families, communities, and students. All of whom are working through major and sometimes challenging changes in our schools.

To view the full article visit the March 2015 National News blog page!

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education

Retrieved on March 16, 2015



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Texas’ High School Graduation Rate: Exceeds National Average



Feb. 20, 2015

Texas’ high school graduation rate for Class of 2013 again exceeds national average

AUSTIN – According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, the Texas Class of 2013 high school graduation rate was 88 percent, outpacing the national rate of 81 percent.

The Texas graduation rate hit 88 percent for the second consecutive year, tying Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota and Wisconsin for the nation’s second highest. Only Iowa at 90 percent posted a higher graduation rate for the Class of 2013.

“The work being carried out in school districts and charters across our state continues to bear fruit in the high percentage of high school students successfully earning a diploma,” said Commissioner Williams. “Whether it be college, career or military, Texas educators are working daily to better prepare students for life after high school, and it is our state that benefits.”

Commissioner Williams noted that 2013 marked the third consecutive year that Texas’ high school graduation rate surpassed the national average.


Adjusted   Cohort Graduation Rate Class   of 2011 Class   of 2012 Class   of 2013
Texas 86% 88% 88%
National 79% 80% 81%


Since 2010, states, districts and schools have used a common metric – the adjusted cohort graduation rate – in reporting graduation rates to the federal government. Use of the adjusted cohort graduation rate allows for an accurate and uniform comparison between the 50 states and the District of Columbia.


The National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing and reporting data related to education in the United States and other nations. Graduation rates for minority students, students with disabilities and English language learners will be released in coming weeks.


To view a state-by-state breakdown of graduation rates for the Class of 2013, visit

Black Male Dropouts Lead Nation in Incarceration

“On any given day, nearly 23 percent of all young Black men ages 16 to 24 who have dropped out of high school are in jail, prison, or a juvenile justice institution in America, according to a disturbing new national report released today on the dire economic and social consequences of not graduating from high school” (PRNewswire, 2015).  Read The Article For More Information.

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Dropout Prevention Update

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Update

January 2015 – Vol. 15, No. 1

Summary for January

  1. National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program
  2. 27th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM
  3. Save the Date and Submit a Proposal to Present! 2015 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities
  4. Join the Network!
  5. Tune in to Solutions to the Dropout Crisis
  6. NDPC/N Publication Sale of the Month
  7. Top Stories
  8. Effective Strategies
  9. Students with Disabilities
  10. Feedback

It’s Not A Secret…

It’s Not A Secret.  When families are involved, students are more likely to:

o    Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs

o    Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits

o    Attend school regularly

o    Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school

o    Graduate and go on to postsecondary education (A New Wave of Evidence, 2002).


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Resource: A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement A. T. Henderson & K. L. Mapp. (Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2002)

Dropout Identification, Prevention, & Recovery Regional Committee

Dropout Identification, Prevention, & Recovery Regional Committee

Dropout Identification, Prevention, and Recovery (DIPR) department goals:

  • Establish a DIPR regional advisory committee.
  • Provide professional development opportunities facilitated by national, state, and regional leaders which    focuses on best practices in the identification, prevention, and recovery of dropout elementary and  secondary students.
  • Host a DIPR Summit in October of 2015.
  • Publish a quarterly DIPR newsletter.

 Committee Members