Diplomas Count 2013: Second Chances - Turning Dropouts Into Graduates

June 6, 2013

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The good news is that the U.S. graduation rate is nearing historic highs; the bad news is too many are left behind.
Around the country, schools and community groups are moving beyond dropout prevention to recover the students who have already left.
Newly updated data show that laws in 27 states require free schooling for students up to age 21 while two states cut off students’ route to a diploma at 19.
Efforts to bring back students who have given up on a diploma vary from state to state.
Computer tests, career-readiness scores, more rigor, and a higher price are among the changes to the GED.
Dropouts give a common array of reasons for leaving and targeted programs have been created in response.
INTERACTIVE
A Difficult Path
By high school, it can be easy for those risk factors to create a self-feeding cycle. Walk a few steps in the shoes of one at-risk high school freshman, and try to find the path through to a diploma.
But some educators and experts fear the rapid growth could come at the expense of program quality.
An interactive timeline looking at federal, regional, and local efforts to establish dropout-intervention programs to help keep students in school.
Getting the students past the schoolhouse door may be the easy part, say experts and educators.
The 22 different Youth Connection Charter Schools specialize in giving students second chances.
A sound-engineering class at Youth Connection’s Innovations High School helped hook Devonte Perry McCullum on education.
Delgado got his second chance at a charter school for students who have already left school or are likely to.
Caring teachers, hands-on work, and a safe environment persuaded Kimberly Mitchell to take another go at high school.
At nearly 75 percent, the high school graduation rate for the class of 2010 is the highest since the 1970s, according to the latest analysis from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.
Includes tables with updated data on:
• Graduation in the United States
• Graduation Policies for the Class of 2013
This online tool allows users to explore changes in state graduation rates over the past decade.
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.
A geographical look at the twenty-five school districts that will collectively produce nearly 180,000 nongraduates for the class of 2013—about 18 percent of the nation's total.
View the Geographic Information System-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.
How Does the EPE Research Center Calculate Graduation Rates?

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