GRADUATION RATES HIT NEW HIGH: The Obama administration announced today high school graduation rate has reached a new high of 83.2 percent. This graduation rate is up one percent from the last academic year. According to National Center for Education Statistics, the number has increased steadily since the 2010-2011 academic year (79 percent), and the growth applies across racial and demographic groups. NCES observed Asian students had a graduation rate of 90.2 percent, white students at 87.6 percent and black students at 74.6 percent. See the full release for the administration’s plans on redesigning high schools, investment in STEM and funding for preschools.