(PROVIDENCE, RI) The number of high school graduates is declining at a higher rate in Rhode Island than in the nation as a whole. That’s the conclusion of a report released by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Rhode Island joins 4 other states and the District of Columbia in having projected losses of 15-percent or more in the number of high school graduates in the school years of 2008/2009 through 2019/2020.
The report also states that high schools are becoming more ethnically diverse each year. The commission predicts that by 2019/2020 more Asians and Hispanics will complete high school, while the number of graduates will drop for both Whites and Blacks in the nation as a whole.
The commission further believes that educators need to more effectively address the educational gaps among high school students. It states that ” Increasing the share of young people who enroll in and complete a postsecondary degree is critical for the United States, if our workforce is to remain competitive.”
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