Come across the words “education” and “Missouri” and you may think about unaccredited districts and funding issues.
So Gov. Jay Nixon’s announcement Tuesday that Missouri’s four-year high school graduation rate had increased to 87.3 percent in 2013-14 was a spot of good news. The rate was up from 85.7 percent in 2012-13 and placed Missouri in the nation’s top 10.
The national average was 82.3 percent.
That national average, by the way, hit a new record high, according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
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Nixon said the Missouri rate topped the national average across all racial and ethnic groups, including students with disabilities.
Furthermore, from the 2010-11 year to the 2013-14 year, the Missouri rate jumped 6 percentage points.
“These rising graduation rates reflect the solid progress that students are making all across our state,” Nixon said in a statement. “More students graduating from high school means greater economic opportunities for them, and a more competitive workforce for our state.”
Nixon said his administration maintained its support for education funding even during the height of the recession.