From Smart Kids with LD
May 20, 2014
Graduation rates are steadily increasing, but for students with disabilities the gap remains large.
According to data released by the Institute of Education Sciences, 80% of students graduated high school in 2012, representing an “historic” high, and a slight improvement over 79% for the prior year.
This latest overall 4-year graduation rate reflects slight improvements among most segments of the student population measured: minorities, students in special education, disadvantaged students, and English Language learners.
Gap for Special Education Students
The gap, however, remains wide between those students and their white and Asian peers. For example, the on-time graduation rate for students in special education was 61%—an increase from 59% the previous year. By contrast, the rate for white students was 86%, and for Asian students it was 88%.
Although the trend is positive, these numbers show that there is still a great deal more work to be done to ensure that all students, including those with learning disabilities, graduate on time.