American high school dropout rate improving

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High school graduation rates are on the rise in the United States.

A new report finds the national graduation rate has jumped dramatically to a rate of 78.2 percent with Indiana's rate at 77.2 percent.

Research unveiled at a two-day summit in Washington, DC show the country is on track to graduate 90 percent of high school students by the class of 2020. However, Indiana is among 23 states not on pace to meet 90-percent graduation by 2020.

"We are changing America. We are changing our kids. We have faith in you, faith in our kids and the proof is that the dropout rate is going down and it's going to go all the way down," said Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state.

In that national report, Shelbyville is featured as a success story when it comes to improving graduation rates. In 2006, only one in three students graduated. In 2011, nine in ten students graduated from Shelbyville Senior High School.

See the report here.

Other findings:

Currently, about one in five students does not graduate high school with their peers.

One in four African American and nearly one in five Hispanic students still attend high schools where graduating is not the norm.

Among students who do graduate, 20 percent need remedial courses in college and far too few earn a college degree. Yet more than half of all new jobs in the next decade will require some postsecondary education.

18 states still allow students to leave school before the age of 18.

Graduation rates are uneven for students of different races, ethnicities, family incomes, disabilities, and English proficiencies. These "graduation gaps" imperil progress. There are no states where the graduation rate for African American, Hispanic, or economically disadvantaged students is above 89 percent, but 11 states for white students.