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Good News for High School Students With Disabilities

The high school graduation rate for students with disabilities is on the rise across the U.S.

This is the third year in row that these numbers have continued to rise, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

The graduation rate for students with disabilities hit 63.1 percent for the 2013–2014 school year, which is an increase over the 61.9 percent figure for the 2012-2013 school year. Since 2010-11, the graduation rate has increased by 4.1 percent.

This is also the fourth year in a row that graduation rates have increased for the overall population, according to the Department of Education. The nation’s high school graduation rate hit 82 percent in 2013-14 — the highest level since states adopted a new, uniform way of calculating graduation rates five years ago.

“The hard work of teachers, administrators, students and their families has made these gains possible and as a result many more students will have a better chance of going to college, getting a good job, owning their own home, and supporting a family,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a press release. “We can take pride as a nation in knowing that we’re seeing promising gains, including for students of color.”

h/t Disability Scoop