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June 12, 2007

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Discussions on the release of Diplomas Count 2007: Ready for What?

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Preparing Students for College, Careers, and Life After High School, June 14, 2007.

Diplomas Count 2007: A Conversation With the Experts, June 20, 2007.

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
FROM PRINT
Executive Summary
The findings from Diplomas Count 2007 underscore that to earn a decent wage in the United States, young people need to anticipate completing at least some college.
There is plenty of confusion about what it means to fully prepare students for life after high school.
WEB EXTRAS
Mapping Tool
A new geographical Web interface where users can create interactive maps and download special reports for any school district in the country that includes comparisons to state and national statistics.
Special policy reports that supplement Diplomas Count 2007. Features detailed data on high school graduation rates at the national, state, and district level. State-specific reports also examine state graduation rates, requirement and future readiness.
Graduation Briefs Download
State Briefs (PDF) National Brief
PDF (729KB)
POLICY BRIEFS
This policy brief provides 50-state data on graduation policies in four broad categories: coursetaking requirements, exit exams, completion credentials, and mandatory-attendance age.
Take a look at how states are carrying out federal requirements for calculating and reporting graduation rates under the No Child Left Behind Act and determining whether schools have made adequate progress.
Report examines statewide testing for general education students in grades 9-12 during the 2006-07 school year, including end-of-course tests, exit exams, and college-admissions tests.
FROM PRINT
This year's Diplomas Count explores what it means to ensure that high school students graduate and are prepared for both higher education and the workplace.
An analysis shows the relationship between education and pay.
Some experts say the push for higher-level coursework isn’t a good fit with the skills used in the workplace.
Interest in teaching students habits of mind for success in life is on the rise.
Some states are placing their bets on blending academics with high school classes related to the world of work.
We should take the Education Gospel—a view that schooling focused on preparing students for the world of work can solve society's problems—very seriously, writes W. Norton Grubb.
Unless we dramatically increase postsecondary attainment, we cannot produce enough skilled workers for the jobs of the future, and we risk further expanding the American family-income divide.
While it would be desirable to have all students meet the standards for college-placement tests, it’s not clear that the labor market demands that.
STATE OF THE STATES
Few States Define ‘Ready’
Only a handful have spelled out what it means for students to be ready for college or the workplace.
Table
Graduation Policies for the Class of 2007 PDF | Excel
Graduation Rates
Graduation Profiles
Detailed analysis of high school graduation rates for each state and the District of Columbia, the nation's 50 largest districts, as well as racial, ethnic, and gender groups.
Table PDF | Excel High School Graduation Rates, 2003-04
Map Low-Res 1.6MB | Hi-Res 3.5MB National Graduation Rates Map



Diplomas Count is produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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