Connecticut’s gaps in white, minority graduation rates shrink

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The graduation gap between minority groups and white students in Connecticut continues to shrink, according to the latest figures from the Department of Education.

More than nine out of ten white students graduated in Connecticut in the 2013-14 school year. Meanwhile, about 74 percent of Hispanic students graduated— up from 70.2 percent the previous year.

The graduation rate for black students also improved from 75.7 percent to 78.6 percent.

Compared to the national average, Connecticut’s gap has always lagged behind, but has seen improvement year over year.

Overall, students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than before, reaching 82 percent in 2013-14.

There are gains in every demographic.

In Connecticut, that trend continues except for students with limited English proficiency.

The percent of those students graduating went down slightly from 64 percent to 63 percent.

Explore the chart below or the map above to see how states compare in graduation gaps between different groups.

Note: An earlier version of this story transposed the Black-white gap (CT) data with the Hispanic-white gap (CT) in the Graduation gaps in the US and CT since 2010 chart.

What do you think?

  • Rebecca Hedreen

    I’m a little confused by the use of the categories in the first and last graphics. The intent appears to be making binary comparisons, but the categories aren’t binary. I suppose the ethnicities are OK, if a bit simplistic (what happens to all the mixed race students?) but what exactly are we supposed to be comparing with “economically disadvantaged” “limited English proficiency” and “students with disabilities”? The picture with the Facebook post has “economically disadvantaged” and “white”–as if to imply that all non-white ethnicities are economically disadvantaged. Having an “average” (state and/or national) would make more sense for the comparison.

    • Andrew Ba Tran

      You make a good point. Being “economically disadvantaged” or “white” is not mutually exclusive. These categories are defined by the Department of Education. We wanted to make sure all the data was explorable by readers, and in consideration of the number of charts on this story, we combined them all.