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State Schools Chief Randy Dorn: Graduation Rates Among Minority and At-Risk Students ‘Too Low’

Aug 30, 2012 | Articles, Featured, News

Washington students are making steady progress on state tests, but too many – especially minority kids – are still failing to reach the big goal of graduating from high school on time, state education officials said Wednesday. …

[State Superintendent of Public Education Randy Dorn] said on-time graduation numbers are still too low, particularly for minority students. …

The problem is particularly acute for minority kids. While 76.6 percent of all Washington students graduated with the class of 2011, the figure hovered around 65 percent for black and Hispanic students and fell to 56.5 percent for Indians.

“We are losing (roughly) half of our Native American students,” Dorn said. “We must do better.”