Some states demonstrated a slight increase in the number of students who graduate on time from the 2006-7 to 2007-8 academic year, according to a recent U.S. Department of Education report.
Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2007-08, a report delivered by the National Center for Education Statistics showed that 16 states and the District of Columbia experienced a percentage point or greater increase in their averaged freshman graduation rate (AFGR), NCESâ€™s measure of on-time graduation. Six states experienced a decrease by a percentage point.Â The remaining 27 states showed changes only within a percentage point margin.
This data is important because graduation rates are an education systemâ€™s measure of success. CTE can fill the gaps to increase and improve the overall national graduation rate. It is clear that a great deal of work still needs to be done to increase the nationâ€™s graduation rate.
Across states, AFGR varies widely. The nation demonstrated a 74.9 percent AFGR, however rates ranged from 51.3 percent in Nevada to 89.6 percent in Wisconsin.
The IES data further highlights the persistent gaps in graduation/dropout rates:
- Ethnicity (Graduation Rates)
- American Indian/Alaska Native â€“ 64.2 percent
- Asian/Pacific Islander â€“ 91.4 percent
- Hispanic â€“ 63.percent
- Black â€“ 61.percent
- White â€“ 81 percent
- Gender (Dropout Rates)
- Males â€“ 4.6 percent
- Females â€“ 3.5 percent
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