Grad Rate Continues Rising with Pockets of DespairFor the fifth year running, the country saw a lift in its national high school graduation rate, growing to 83.2 percent in 2015 from 82.3 percent in 2014. But growth at that pace is too slow to reach the goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. To meet the target, the graduation rate will need to increase 1.4 percentage points annually. For 2015, the rate went up by only 0.9 percent. Just half of America's states are on the way to reaching the goal by 2020.