Obama says HS graduation rate reaches new high

It's an exciting day for some high school students in D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP/WUSA9) -- President Barack Obama announced Monday that America's high school graduation rate has reached a new high of 83.2 percent.

Increases in the graduation rate for the 2014-2015 school year were seen for all ethnic groups, as well as for disabled students and students from low-income families. Still, there were significant differences between groups. Asian Americans had a 90.2 percent graduation rate, while whites were at 87.6 percent, followed by Hispanics at 77.8 percent, African-Americans at 74.6 percent and Native Americans at 71.6 percent.

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The growth in graduation rates has been steady since states adopted a uniform way of tracking students.

In 2008, the Bush administration ordered states to begin using a formula that is considered a more accurate count of how many actually finish school.

The president will visit Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in D.C. to talk about the improved graduation rates last year. 



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