Diplomas Count 2010: Graduation by the Numbers

June 10, 2010

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Two leading national experts discuss the state of high school graduation and how leveraging data can help to reduce dropout and put students onto the path for success in college, career, and life.

CORRECTION Because of incorrect data provided by the Education Commission of the States, the State Graduation Briefs and the table “Graduation Policies for the Class of 2010” created for Diplomas Count 2010 gave incorrect numbers for “other credits” and “total credits” required to earn a standard diploma in Utah. The correct number of “other credits” for Utah is 14.5, and the national average is 8.5. The correct number of “total credits” for Utah is 24.0, and the national average is 21.0. The numbers have been corrected on edweek.org.
This year's Diplomas Count explores the graduation-rate challenges facing many students and districts and looks at how schools are using data to help students finish high school and earn diplomas.
Schools collect more statistics now than ever before, and many are using data as they devise new strategies to help student graduate.
View reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia featuring detailed, state-specific data on current graduation rates and trends over time, definitions of college readiness, high school exit exams, and state requirements for earning a high school diploma. (corrected)
This interactive map allows users to explore changes in state graduation rates for every state and the District of Columbia over the past decade.
View this GIS-based website, which includes information on graduation rates and other indicators across the United States. Interactive mapping technology allows users to zoom in on their states and access detailed data for every school district in the nation.
The EPE Research Center's online database has more than 1,000 state-level K-12 education indictors spanning more than a decade and has the ability to build custom tables, charts, and maps using data from Diplomas Count 2010.
District provides non-traditional programs for high school students in need of graduation help.
As the national drumbeat for college readiness grows louder, policymakers and scholars trumpet the potent role that a school's "college-going culture" can play.
South Carolina educators use federal stimulus dollars to work with students in danger of failing to earn diplomas.
Fall River, Mass. uses well-informed action to transform atmosphere, expectations at once-troubled high school.
For the second year in a row, the nation's graduation rate decreased.
A closer look at graduation numbers reveals a concentrated dropout crisis in big-city districts, as well as odds-defying success in 21 urban systems.
Graduation in the United States
Data Table Progress on Graduation Rate Stalls PDF
Chart Graduation Rates for 50 Largest Districts PDF
Chart Projected Number of 2009 Nongraduates by State PDF
Map Epicenters of the Graduation Crisis PDF
Chart Charting Expectations for Big-City Graduation PDF
Data Table Graduation Policies PDF (corrected)
How Does the EPE Research Center Calculate Graduation Rates?

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