Latinos are receiving high school diplomas more than ever before, continuing a trend to tighten the achievement gap. The Obama administration touted several of its programs as instrumental in the increase.
Almost eight-in-ten of Hispanic students in the 2014-2015 academic year graduated from high school, this is a 6.6 percent jump since 2010, according to figures released by the White House.
For the fifth year in a row, the National Center for Education Statistics has reported high school graduation rates across the U.S. have climbed. About 79 percent of students graduated from high school in the 2010-2011 academic year, it went up to 83.2 percent in 2015.
Cecilia Muñoz, the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, said
the Department of Education has focused resources on targeting English-language learners that could contribute to the higher graduation rates among Latino high school students.
The 2014-2015 academic year saw more than an 8 percent jump in high school graduation rates for ESL students, the largest jump out of all groups researched.