According to Education Department data from 2012, the graduation rate at United States public high schools reached a new milestone of 80 percent

According to the New York Daily News, these statistics were presented at the Building a GradNation Summit yesterday. The Daily News notes that focus on curbing the dropout plague, making graduation rates "accountability measures" and closing schools were students drop out routinely have contributed to the rate's ascent. 

However, these new figures still show that one out of every five public school students drops out. The silver lining to that cloud is that researchers anticipate the number could be up to 90 percent by 2020. 

[via New York Daily News]

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