Missouri's high school graduation rate goes up since 2010
JEFFERSON CITY-Gov. Jay Nixon today applauded data from the U.S. Department of Education showing that Missouri's four-year high school graduation rate increased to 87.8 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, up from 87.3 percent in the previous school year. Missouri's graduation rate is significantly about the national average of 83.2 and ranks in the top 10 in the nation. Since the 2010 school year, Misouri's graduation rate has risen nearly seven percentage points, from 81 percent to 87.8 percent.
"Missouri's top 10 in the nation graduation rate is another solid indication that the work we've done to support public education is having a positive impact on students and families across our state," Gov. Nixon said. "Behind these numbers are thousands of students who are graduating from high school and going to pursue college degrees and rewarding careers."
Gov Nixon has made public education in Missouri a top priority of his administration, providing record funding for K-12 classrooms while raising standards and expectations. From 2009 to 2016, the Governor increased funding through the K-12 Foundation Formula by nearly $400 million. With higher funding, Gov. Nixon demanded accountability and measurable results: higher test scores, higher graduation rates and tougher classes.
The Governor also worked to expand the number of schools implementing Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) which provides proven interventions to help young people who have potential but, for a variety of reasons, are at-risk to not graduate form high school. JAG helps these students stay in school, graduate, and then succeed in post-secondary education and the workforce. By leveraging public and private funding sources, Gov. Nixon has worked successfully to triple the number of schools offering JAG to 19 in the current school year.