Hawaii among five states that see graduation rates drop
HONOLULU (AP)/(HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii was one of five states that saw its high school graduation rate decline in the 2013-14 school year, according to new federal statistics.
Hawaii's graduation rate in the 2013-14 school year was 81.8 percent, down from 82.4 percent in 2012-13.
The state's graduation rate for special populations was lower: 78 percent for economically-disadvantaged students, 59 percent for children with disabilities, and 53 percent for English language learners.
The graduation rate nationally was 81.4 percent in 2013-14, an all-time high.
The U.S. Department of Education said 36 states saw their graduation rates improve in the 2013-14 school year, according to preliminary data.
The biggest gains were in Delaware, Alabama, Oregon, West Virginia and Illinois.
Eight states were flat; Idaho did not have complete numbers to report.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the nation appears to be on track to take another step toward higher graduation rates.