More work needed to improve Washington's graduation rates

Friday, May 9, 2014

There are two ways to interpret recent research into the graduation rate of America’s public K-12 schools: 4 out of every 5 students now graduate from high school; or, 1 out of every 5 students still drops out of school.

The first – reaching an 80 percent average graduation rate nationwide – merits a celebration. The second suggests there is more work to do, especially in the state of Washington.

According to the report released this week, our state falls below the national average. Our 77 percent graduation rate was better than only 13 other states, putting us closer to the poorest performing schools than the best.

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