Forget, for a while, whatever bad news you’ve heard about education in Indiana. Let’s take a moment to celebrate what Hoosier students have accomplished. When it comes to staying in school and graduating, they’ve been doing about everything we could ask.
According to a recent report from the Indianapolis-based Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation:
- Indiana had one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country in 2015, at 87.1 percent.
- It had the narrowest “graduation gap” between low-income and non-low-income students of any state: 4.5 percentage points.
- It ranked in the top five states for closing the gap between all students and low-income students between 2011 and 2015.
- It had higher-than-average graduation rates for every subgroup of students except for Asian and Pacific Islander students.
“Indiana has much to be proud of,” the report says, referring to the record rates. “In addition, districts within the state are learning, innovating, and improving their abilities to serve their students and prepare them for the next steps in life. Indiana has taken concrete action over many years, following the evidence of what works to improve student outcomes and it has beneﬁtted as a result.”