Graduation Rate Improves For Students With Disabilities
New federal data indicates that the high school graduation rate for students with disabilities is trending upward.
The graduation rate for individuals with disabilities hit 65.5 percent for the 2015-2016 school year, according to figures released Monday from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.
That’s up from 64.6 percent the year prior and marks the fifth year in a row that the rate has increased.
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The improvement for students with disabilities comes as the national graduation rate for all high schoolers reached a record high of 84.1 percent.
Data released annually by the Education Department reflects the number of high school students who earn a diploma within four years.
As in past years, graduation rates for students with disabilities varied widely from state to state, ranging from a low of 29.3 in Nevada to a high of 84.3 percent in Arkansas. Federal officials have indicated that reporting differences may contribute to the variation.
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