MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Recently, the U. S. Department of Education released data showing that the graduation rate among high school students in the U.S. is on the rise.
The state of Alabama saw the second highest jump of any state at 6.3 percent. Montgomery Public Schools had an increase of 12 percent, and Dallas County schools saw an increase of 20 percent.
Obviously these specific areas had further to go, so the increases will be more dramatic but at the end they are achieving those increases.
Opponents of these statistics state that the removal of the exit exams has a lot to do with the increase. That may have some effect, but you can't deny the fact that more students are graduating and therefor have a better opportunity to take the next step in their lives.
There is much work to be done, the public schools in many parts of Alabama are far from acceptable. Charter schools could be another viable option to educate, but there is progress being made and it should be recognized.
Montgomery County Superintendent Margaret Allen should be very proud of the work that is being done by her administrators and teachers, as should all the area superintendents that saw these increases. Teachers and administrators do what they do not for the money but to help the kids.
I want to take this opportunity to say congratulations to all our teachers and administrators and to say thank you for making a difference.