On Monday, October 17, President Obama announced that the high school graduation rate in the United States was at its highest ever last year.
Obama was at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC when he made the announcement. There, he urged students to continue their education no matter what they look like or where they come from. He stressed that continuing education after high school was just as important as getting that first diploma.
The rate in the 2010-2011 school year was 79%. Now, the rate is 83.2%.The rate also increased for subgroups. The rate for white students is 87.6%, black students 74.6%, and Hispanic students 77.8%. Asian students have the highest rate at 90.2%. Native American students had the lowest rate at 71.6%.
Obama recognizes that it’s not just up to the students to better their education. He said that federal and state governments need to do more to improve education and funding post high school graduation.