Some continuing good news on the educational front in Mississippi, as the state Department of Education Thursday announced that the 88.9 percent state high school graduation rate was the highest in state history. The state dropout rate stood at nine percent.
In 2014, Mississippi’s high school graduation rate was 74 percent, but it has improved each year since. Meanwhile, the dropout rate among state high schools has fallen since 2014, when it was 13.9 percent.
“For the third time since I became governor, Mississippi’s graduation rate has reached an all-time high,” said Gov. Tate Reeves in a news release. “Mississippi isn’t just in the best fiscal and financial shape in our state’s history – we’re also in the best educational shape in our state’s history and performing better than the national average.”
Reeves added the moves made by the state during the COVID-19 pandemic aided the improvement in scores.
“The conservative education reforms we fought so hard for over the years are working,” Reeves said. “Couple this with keeping our kids in the classroom while other states relied on virtual learning, and you can see how we got to this historic achievement.”