For the first time in U.S history, the country’s overall high school graduation rate rose above 80 percent, but Arizona fell below the national average.
The overall graduation rate in the state was 76 percent in 2012, according to federal statistics presented in a report by Civic Enterprises, a public policy consulting firm.
The state’s highest graduation rate was among Asian/Pacific Islander students with 85 percent and lowest was among Hispanic students at 70 percent.
The Building a GradNation report looked at the gap between graduation rates of students from families of different incomes. Arizona was one of five states that had a single-digit percentage gap.
In 2012, the percentage of low income students graduating from high school on time was 71 percent, 8 percentage points below their peers.