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Grad rate inches up a little in 2014-15

The graduation rate for the country as a whole hit a new high in the 2014-15 school year, when about 83 percent of US high school students got their diplomas on time, President Barack Obama told a crowd at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C., this morning.

National Graduation Rates: Source: White House

“We live in a global economy. And when you graduate, you’re no longer going to be competing just with somebody here in D.C. for a great job,” the president said. “You’re competing with somebody on the other side of the world, in China or in India, because jobs can go wherever they want because of the Internet and because of technology. And the best jobs are going to go to the people who are the best educated—whether in India or China, or anywhere in the world.”

Here’s the breakdown reported by the US Department of Education:

Group 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Total 79 80 81.4 82.3 83.2
Low-income 70 72 73.3 74.6 76.1
Black 67 69 70.7 72.5 74.6
White 84 86 86.6 87.2 87.6
Hispanic 71 73 75.2 76.3 77.8
English learners 57 59 61.1 62.6 65.1
With disabilities 59 61 61.9 63.1 64.6

And the president’s remarks on video

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