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Our nation’s graduation rate is at an all-time high. The national figure shows 84 percent of young people overall graduating from high school within four years after first entering the 9th grade, a trend that has been on a consistent upswing since these rates were first collected for the 2010-2011 school year.

Still, despite much progress with that indicator, major gaps still exist. And there is great concern that the graduation rate hype not only masks those gaps, but distracts us from what must be our ultimate goal: ensuring all students earn a high school degree and are college and career ready.

Even as overall graduation rates improve, Black and Brown students continue to lag behind that curve. Graduation rates for African-American students are 76.4 percentage points — 8 percentage points behind the national average — and Latino students are at 79.3 percent. Native American students fare even worse at just 72 percent graduation. Meanwhile, White and Asian students are anywhere from four to six points higher than the national average.

Read the full article on The Washington Informer.

About The Author

Nate Davis

Nate Davis, Executive Chairman of K12, is a seasoned leader of transformational telecommunications, media and software development companies, with a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and strengthening relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities. Mr. Davis, joined the K12 Board of Directors in 2009, was named Chairman of the Board in June 2012, assumed the role of Executive Chairman in January 2013 and was named Chairman and CEO in January 2014. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing all operational and corporate functions of the company with a focus on excellence in academic, operational and financial performance. Mr. Davis joined the company from the position of Managing Director of RANND Advisory Group, a consulting group advising venture capital, media, and technology-based firms. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of XM Satellite Radio and was a member of the company's Board of Directors, where he strengthened operations and financial performance and led the company through its merger with Sirius Satellite Radio. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Davis was President and Chief Operating Officer, and board member of XO Communications Inc. Mr. Davis has also held senior executive positions at Nextel Communications (EVP, Network and Technical Services), MCI Telecommunications (Chief Financial Officer and various other management positions) and MCI Metro (President and Chief Operating Officer). Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors for Unisys and the Board of Trustees for RLJ Lodging Trust. Mr. Davis received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Engineering Computer Science at the Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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