High school graduation rates are improving, according to the latest federal data.
And, as of December, more than 100 million students were in high school and have graduated.
But the rate at which those students are leaving school has been slipping for years, especially among African-American and Latino students, and that trend is likely to continue for some time, according the latest data from the Education Department.
The national dropout rate is more than 40 percent, with a third of students graduating before they turn 18, according a study by the National Institute on Education Statistics.
There’s also a decline in the percentage of high school graduates who stay in school after graduation, the report found.
And the percentage who drop out in the last two years of high-school graduation has dropped by more than 25 percent.
“The data shows a dramatic increase in graduation rates for African-Americans and Latinos, but the decline is not uniform,” the report said.
Among the reasons: A rise in student debt that makes it harder for students to repay, and the drop in the number of students who graduate high school.
In a state that relies heavily on a voucher program, a number of schools in New York City and New Jersey have been facing a shortage of new students to fill seats.
The problem is even worse in rural areas, where low-income families may be unable to afford a private school or are forced to send their kids to charter schools.
“The federal government is a big part of the problem, because the federal government has created the incentive to keep students out of school,” said Elizabeth Wittenberg, director of the National Alliance for Educational Equity.
Wittenberg has been working on a report for the state that will be released in March that will detail the impact of vouchers and the impact that students are having in schools.
States have been able to provide vouchers to students, but states also have to meet certain federal benchmarks to make the money available.
The feds provide funds to states for certain programs, like Head Start, which helps needy families with children up to age 5.
New York has taken a lot of hits because of that.
A federal program, the No Child Left Behind Act, which has led to some of the worst school closings in recent memory, has been criticized by critics who say it has done little to help students and has created a system in which students are forced out of the classroom and sent to charter or private schools.
The federal government requires states to provide an equal number of low- and high-performing students to students who are not performing well, so charter schools have a higher share of students.
But Wittenburg said that while the state has a role to play in helping students leave school early, she doesn’t think it should be the only one.
I think it’s important for the federal administration to play a more active role, because it does a lot more than simply making sure that students don’t drop out early, Wittenberry said.
“It’s about giving parents and teachers and other people the resources to give them the information they need to help their kids succeed.”
But in New Jersey, Witteberg and her team are taking a different approach.
They are asking students in a pilot program to come in for a year to see how well the state is able to keep them out of classes.
“We’ve created a pilot that will help us to understand what is happening,” Wittenberger said.
“It’s a pilot so we can get the data and get the results,” she added.
“I don’t think we should assume that all schools in the state are doing a great job.”