Federal officials announced this week the national high school graduation rate reached an all-time high of 83-percent for the 2014-2015 school year.
But while the rate is up nationally, Indiana’s graduation rate decreased for the first time since 2010.
During the 2013–2014 school year, Indiana’s four-year high school graduation rate was 87.9 percent. One year later, during the 2014-15 school year, the graduation rate is down to 87.1 percent.
It’s a less than a percentage point drop from the year before – but it’s a difference of about 1,400 students graduating high school within four years.
Indiana Department of Education spokeswoman Sam Hart says graduation rates can change year to year. She says it’s important to note the graduation rate today is still higher than it was four years ago.