Rich Students More Likely to Graduate High School Than Poor Students, But Some States Buck The Trend

Publication date: May 13, 2015

Posted by Rebecca Klein on May 12, 2015.

Low-income students in Kentucky and Texas are graduating high school at almost the same rates as their middle-class and affluent peers, defying a long U.S. trend, according to a report published Tuesday.

The national graduation rate for students from middle-class and affluent families was about 88 percent in 2012-2013, compared with 73 percent for low-income students, according to the report from public policy firm Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and the advocacy groups America’s Promise Alliance and and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

But some states bucked this gap, showing that it’s not inevitable that well-off students will outperform those from poor families. In Kentucky, the graduation rate gap between low-income and affluent students was only 1.4 percentage points. In Texas, it was 5.5 percentage points.

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