CHARLOTTE - The U.S. high school graduation rate is higher than it has ever been.
According to the National Center for Education statistics, 80 percent of students ended up with diplomas.
School accountability and increased school performance is believed to have driven this increase.
If this graduation rate continues to rise it could hit 90 percent by the year 2020.
In the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district, the graduation rate from last school year is 81 percent.
That’s a 5 percent increase from the 2011-2012 school year.
CMS says the increase was the largest since increase since the 2008-2009 school year.