Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM
With an average of 8 out of every 10 high school students graduating within four-years, roughly half the other states outperformed Ohio while the other half did worse than the Buckeye State.
But a deeper look into the numbers shows some troubling statistics. When it comes to African American students, just five states and the District of Columbia had worse graduation rates than Ohio.
[audio href="http://audio2.ideastream.org/statenews/2010/1127_hs_grad_rates.wav" title="Federal Data Shows Ohio Has Room to Improve on High School Graduation Rates"]The graduation rates for African-American students and those with a limited English proficiency were particularly low.[/audio]
“The results for the African-American population and I would also include the students who are limited English proficient from my perspective are unacceptable and somewhat disheartening," says Michael Sawyers, Ohio’s acting superintendent of public instruction.
Among Ohio African-American students, 59 percent graduated last year, and 53 percent of Ohio students with a limited English proficiency got their diplomas.
As part of the state’s Race to the Top federal grant program, Ohio met its goal of increasing its graduation rate. But Sawyer says that bar was set pretty low - a 2 percent increase over four years.
Now the state is working on once again raising its overall graduation rate, this time by a loftier goal of ten percent.