Report Roundup

Completing High School

"2013 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

With a national graduation rate of 78.2 percent, the United States is on track to meet a goal of achieving a 90 percent four-year high school graduation rate by 2020Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, according to the latest annual report from the Building a Grad Nation campaign.

Since 2001, that rate has risen by 6.5 percentage points, according to the report released this week by a coalition of national education groups, including Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, the America's Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

The report attributes much of the growth to improved performance by Latino and African-American students. Between 2006 and 2010, the Hispanic graduation rate grew from 61 percent to 71.4 percent, while the rate for black students rose from 59.2 percent to 66.1 percent.

Five of the 10 states with the greatest progress since 2006 were in the South, as were the seven states with the biggest drop in "dropout factory" high schools.

Overall, 1,424 schools were deemed "dropout factories" in 2011 (those in which 12th grade enrollment is 60 percent or less of 9th grade enrollment three years earlier). That's 29 percent less than in 2002.

Vol. 32, Issue 22, Page 5

Published in Print: February 27, 2013, as Completing High School
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories