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.
Final data is due next spring.