Cheers for Special Education Graduation Rates

New data from the National Center for Education Statistics has educators and parents of kids with learning disabilities cheering. Why? Because the latest data available shows high school graduation rates for students with disabilities rose a whopping 5.6%—an increase greater than that for the general high-school population. For the 2014-15 school year, 64.6% of kids with disabilities tossed their caps into the air after receiving a standard diploma.

While the graduation rate for Special Education students continues to lag the overall graduation rate, (83.2%), the 2015 numbers reported for this subgroup represent the highest graduation rates since the federal government standardized the methodology for tracking high school graduates.

Overall, graduation rates have been inching up for four years straight, allowing President Obama to claim credit for his administration’s education policies. Speaking at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington D.C. “Some of the changes we made were hard, and some of them were controversial,” Obama said. “But the hard work we put in across the country has started to pay off.”