Report: TN high school graduation rates highest on record


The highest high school graduation rate on record has been posted in Tennessee, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Education.

The 2016-17 rate was 89.1 percent- half a percentage point higher than last year and an overall 3.6 percent increase since the 2010-2011 year, according to the report issued by Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Gov. Bill Haslam.

She noted that rates have increased nearly 56 percent in school districts across the state. The rate among Black, Hispanic or Native American students is at a three-year high at 83 percent, the data indicates.

Here are the rates for systems in the Tri Cities region:

Elizabethton - 99.5 Hawkins - 97.1 Johnson - 96.5 Greeneville - 95.3 Kingsport and Sullivan - 94.8 Greene - 94 Bristol - 93.2 Washington - 92.8 Johnson City - 91.8 Carter - 90.8 Unicoi - 85.9

Statewide statistics, including rates for each school in Tennessee, are available by clicking here.