According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” high school students have not shown academic progress in recent years: In 2015, high school seniors posted lower scores in reading than they did in 1992, and their math scores were unchanged across the past decade.Audio clip: Listen to audio clip. Experts say that a more uniform education system across states, thanks in part to more cohesive federal standards like Common Core and the creation of a consistent system for reporting graduation rates, has played a role in boosting numbers nationwide.”Right here in DC, in just five years, the graduation – the graduation rate in the District of Columbia public schools went from just 53 per cent to 69 per cent”, Obama said. Graduation requirements still vary from state to state, and not all students who receive diplomas are ready to enter the workforce or keep up with the demands at a four-year college.”Too many young people are still being left behind”, said an array of education groups leading the GradNation campaign. “To be honest with you, we’ve still got more work to do”. In 2008, the Bush administration ordered states to begin using a formula that is considered a more accurate count of how many actually finish school. Asian/Pacific Islander students had the highest graduation rates, at 90.2 percent, followed by white students, at 87.6 percent.The administration reported significant differences in graduation rates among groups.Minority groups still lagged behind their white peers, but saw bigger gains over the past year: the graduation rate for black students rose to 74.6% (a 2.1 point increase); for Hispanic students to 77.8% (1.5 points), Native Americans to 76.1% (1 point), and low-income students to 76.1% (1.5 points).The White House said money invested through a grant program called Race to the Top has helped improve some of the nation’s lowest-performing schools.Obama spoke about the importance of furthering education past high school and stressed to the students in the audience to fill out FAFSA forms, but also said more needs to be done by federal and state governments to improve education and funding for higher education.Graduates celebrate at commencement ceremonies for Renaissance Academy High School in Baltimore in 2016.MA took another leap forward, graduating 87.3 percent of students in 2014-15, an increase from 86.1 percent in 2013-14 and 83 percent in 2011-12.