Graduation rates are often used as a barometer of effectiveness in education. Often, though, the rates are looked at from a broad perspective: by nation, state, race, gender, etc. Due to the diversity in U.S. schools and the fact that programs and curriculum vary even in neighboring districts, the broad view doesn’t always mean much to educators and communities worried about the school in their backyard. A new series from the Hechinger Report is examining graduation rates for every school district in the United States to try to detect trends and get a clearer picture of what is happening in America’s schools.
While some data is still being gathered, there are already a few items to note like the high graduation rates in Texas, the mixed results in California, and the larger blocks of lower-percentage districts in the Southwest and the Southeast. Read, "The Graduation Rates from Every School District* in one map," by Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report (July 2, 2015)