This week, the federal government released a report showing that the nation’s graduation rate had reached a record 83.2 percent for the 2014-15 school year. The national graduation rate, which has been steadily increasing, reflects improvements across all racial and ethnic groups.
A breakdown of the individual states shows that Missouri’s graduation rate over the last five years has been consistently higher than the national average. The state’s graduation rate for the 2014-15 school year came in at 87.8 percent.
One downside of the report showed decreasing scores on national math and reading tests. Average tests scores on SAT and ACT college entrance exams have also declined, raising concerns that students are less prepared to enter college than in years past.