Diplomas Count 2008: School to College

June 5, 2008


An archive of the June 24 interactive presentation and discussion of the key findings from this year’s annual Diplomas Count report is now available.

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Are P-16 councils an effective mechanism for producing change? What are the characteristics of successful councils?

In the Media

EPE Research Center Director Chris Swanson recently appeared on the Lou Dobbs Tonight show to discussion the findings from this year's Diplomas Count report. See a transcript of the show.

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With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Executive Summary
As the nation struggles to close its graduation gap, Diplomas Count 2008 examines states' efforts to forge stronger connections between precollegiate and postsecondary education.
State-level councils emerge as a popular, if unproven, forum for turning concerns about precollegiate and postsecondary alignment into an achievable agenda.
Table P-16 Councils: Structure and Initiatives PDF
Table P-16 Councils: Online Information PDF
Mapping Tool
A 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 2008. Features detailed, state-specific data on graduation rates, methods for calculating graduation rates, rules for holding schools accountable for high school completion, and state requirements for earning a high school diploma.
Graduation Briefs Download
State Briefs (PDF) National Brief
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A first-ever analysis of graduation rates for each of the nation’s congressional districts. Users and lawmakers alike can explore an interactive map to find the results for their own districts.
Congressional District Map & Scorecard PDF
Get your own mini-poster and see how schools in your own congressional district fare.
Provides comprehensive data for individual states and ways to compare multiple states' data in all categories.
One education issue—high school graduation requirements—may best illustrate the successes of Arizona’s P-20 council and the obstacles that this high-powered panel faces in trying to bridge the gap between the state’s precollegiate and higher education systems.
A pioneer in state-level education redesign, Kentucky was among the first in the nation to bring precollegiate and higher education to the same table through a P-16 council.
That Rhode Island’s P-16 council can point to palpable progress sets it apart from other states’ councils, some of which don’t seem to exist outside of an organization chart.
States must create motivation and incentives to bridge the gap between K-12 and higher education, which are now disparate, institutional cultures, write Patrick M. Callan & Michael W. Kirst.
Such councils should focus on promoting student success through the P-16 pipeline, and improving the quality, quantity, and diversity of teachers, Jan Kettlewell writes.
Establishing a council is just the first step, not the end of the road, for a state seeking to implement P-16 reform, writes Jennifer Dounay.
From exit exams to workplace-readiness standards, lawmakers and education officials are gradually adding rigor to the task of earning a high school diploma. The details vary.
Table Graduation Rates by States PDF | Excel
Table Graduation Rates by Congressional Districts PDF | Excel
Table Lowest to Highest Graduation Rates in the Nation's 50 Largest Districts PDF | Excel
Table Projection of Graduates and Non-Graduates—Class of 2008 PDF | Excel
Map A Representative’s View of High School Graduation PDF | Excel
How Does the EPE Research Center Calculate Graduation Rates? PDF

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