NH high schools graduate 86%; rate better for middle, upper classes
US News & World Report's top-ranked NH high schoolsNew Hampshire high schools receiving Silver Medal recognition from U.S. News & World Report. (Rankings are among NH schools, based on their national rank).
2. Profile (Bethlehem)
8. White Mountains Regional (Whitefield)
11. Kennett (Conway)
12. John Stark Weare)
13. Monadnock (Swanzey)
Bronze Medal recipients, in alphabetical order:
• Newfound (Bristol)
"Certainly, we continue to have work to do with certain populations in certain communities in the state," said Paul Leather, deputy New Hampshire commissioner of education. Those communities include Manchester and Rochester, which have large populations of low-income Hispanic and African-Americans and other economically disadvantaged students, he said.
"Our nation cannot prosper nor retain true to its ideals when far too many young men of color are still not receiving the supports and opportunities needed to obtain a high school diploma," the report reads.
The report calls for several national strategies to reach the goal of 90 percent graduation rate by 2020:
• Concentrate on California, and make it a focus of national attention. California has the highest poverty rate, a high rate of household income and a population that is 61 percent non-Anglo, yet it remains a laboratory of innovation in education reform.
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