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Latinos See Gains in High School Graduation Rates

Latino high school graduation rates have improved in the last three years as the nation's graduation rate hit a record high.
Students arrive for class at Normandy High School in St. Louis on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. State officials are releasing data that is used to evaluate and make accreditation decisions for districts like Normandy that have lost accreditation and as a result must pay tuition for students who decide to switch to better-performing schools nearby under the state's student transfers law. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Jeff Roberson / AP

There were significant gains in Latino high school graduation rates as the nation's rate hits a record high for the fourth year in a row.

The national graduation rate for Hispanic students increased from 71 percent in the 2010-2011 school year to 76.3 in 2013-2014, a more than 5-point gain over a three-year period.

In Texas, 84.2 percent of Latino high school students graduated in 2013-2014; in California the number was 77 percent.

At the national level other student groups such as Asian/Pacific Islanders and Blacks also saw gains; from 87 to 89.4 percent and from 67 to 72.5 percent, respectively.

There were also improvements among English Learners, from a 57 percent graduation rate in 2010-2011 to 62.6 percent three years later.

State by state numbers are available here.

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