Nationwide graduation rate tops 80%, Jennifer DePaoli of Civic Enterprises reports

Jennifer DePaoli, education advisor at Civic Enterprises, talks high school graduation rates.

For the first time in US history, the nation’s high school graduation rate has skyrocketed past 80% according to the 2014 Building a Grad Nation released by Civic Enterprises, a research organization that writes policy briefs and in depth reports on a wide variety of issues.

While more than eight in 10 public high school students are graduating on time, the report shows more good news: the number of students enrolled in dropout factories has dropped nearly 50 percent over the last decade and students of color have led the way in increasing graduation rates, all the while these increases come as standards to graduate have gotten tougher.

Jennifer DePaoli, an education advisor at Civic Enterprises, tells Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call more about the study.