Our state’s collective four-year high school graduation rate improved for the 11th consecutive year with the class of 2016. Data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) indicates a 17.5 percentage point growth since the first report in 2006.
NCDPI noted that improvements have been made despite more stringent graduation requirements that were implemented. Over the last eight years, high school students have been required to earn more course credits and must complete mathematics through at least level three. Minorities and economically disadvantaged student groups outperformed the overall state increase, as has been the ongoing trend.