The Truth About America's Record-High Graduation Rate

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This year, President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are hailing the nation's 81 percent high school graduation rate -- the highest ever in the U.S.

In collaboration with 14 Member station reporters, NPR's Education desk takes a hard look at what that number means -- and the good, bad, and ambiguous causes behind the increase -- in an on-air and online series, The Truth About America's Record-High Graduation Rate, running the week of June 8.This year, President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are hailing the nation's 81 percent high school graduation rate -- the highest ever in the U.S.

STORY DESCRIPTIONS
The Truth About America's Record-High Graduation Rate: Iowa
All Things Considered; Tuesday, June 9
The national high school graduation rate has hit a remarkable 81 percent. Why the steep rise in recent years? Cory Turner with the NPR Ed team visits the state with the highest grad rate -- Iowa -- to find out what states are doing to get more students across the stage.

The Truth About America's Record-High Graduation Rate 
Morning Edition; Wednesday, June 10  

The nation's high school graduation rate is high and rising at 81 percent. While states are doing some good things to help at-risk students stay in school, they're also using other, more debatable strategies to keep their graduation numbers moving in the right direction. Cory Turner of NPR's Ed team has the story.

Find the full project on the NPR website and watch the recent NewsHour report.  

 

 

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