June 22, 2006
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- • Costs of Not Graduating Tallied by Researchers
- The cumulative costs to the public from the nation's dropouts are in the billions, for both lost taxes and spending on social programs.
- • GED Battery No Substitute for Diploma
- The General Educational Development certificate doesn't provide the same pathways to earnings or schooling as a high school graduation.
- • Mapping Out High School Graduation
- The EPE Research Center mapped 2002-03 graduation rates for public school districts across the nation. Low levels of graduation (shown in red) predominate in urban centers nationwide as well as in the largely rural communities of the South, Southeast, and Southwest. The national graduation rate is 69.6 percent.
- • Charts: The High School Pipeline
- The Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI) method of calculating graduation rates can be used to examine the high school pipeline. That is, we can estimate the numbers of students who fall off track for earning a diploma at various points between the 9th grade and the expected time of graduation.
- • Signs of Early Exit for Dropouts Abound
- Students who are likely to leave school without graduating send predictable signals, researchers have found. But are educators listening?
- • A Road Map to State Graduation Policies
- An examination of four key areas tied to high school completion shows wide variation across the nation.