High school graduation rates on the rise nationwide

MASON CITY, Iowa – Many schools in our area have been making plans for graduation and it looks like they may have to print off more diplomas.

According to new data from the U.S. Education Department, the graduation rate for high schoolers, has hit 80 percent.

The improvement is being driven by an increase of minorities who are graduating, something school officials nationwide have been working on for the past several years.

Urban schools that aren’t performing well are being shut down, which has also helped with graduation numbers, but officials say that while 80 percent is something to celebrate, it still means that 1 in 5 students are leaving high school without a diploma

School administrators in our area are happy to see these numbers, especially since the state average in Iowa has climbed over the years.

TJ Jumper, a district administrator for Mason City Public Schools says that while these numbers are exciting, there is always room for improvement.

“Our job is not done,” he says, “it’s very important to keep improving our graduation rate, but also sustaining the expectations, the high level of expectations that we do you have.”

The numbers in this report come from studying the number of students enrolling in high schools and comparing the numbers to the amount graduating.

The U.S. Department of Education studied these graduation rates based on school years 2010 through 2012.

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