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Here you will find information that looks at both dropout and graduation rate issues.  Posting here does not imply Georgia Partnership endorsement.  Entries go back to 2012.  Please report broken links here.


Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation RatesCivic Enterprises - Everyone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University

At 83.2 percent, the national graduation rate is at an all-time high. All told, 2.8 million more students have graduated from high school since 2001, resulting in significant benefits for young people, the economy, and the nation. Introduction. Executive summary. Related story. (May 5)


How the States Got Their Rates, Class of 2015

As the graduation rate continues to rise, it’s worth continuing to examine the diplomas that make up that rate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Achieve analyzed the 95 diploma options across the country and looked at which states expect students to take courses so that when they graduate, students are academically prepared for life after high school. Related story. (November 4)

Report: Georgia Drop Out Rate Greater Than National Average

Georgia’s high school graduation rate has increased the past few years. But new data from the National Center for Education Statistics show the state’s high school dropout rate is above the national average. (November 1) 

High school graduation rate hits record high at 83.2%
Associated Press

The nation’s high school graduation rate reached a record 83.2 percent, continuing a steady increase that shows improvement across all racial and ethnic groups. Related story.  Related story - Georgia. (October 18)

Who's Minding the Neighborhood? The Role of Adult Capacity in Keeping Young People on a Path to Graduation
Center for Promise - America's Promise Alliance

This brief explores whether increasing the number of adults in a community results in more young people on a positive path to adult success. Introduction. Related story. (October 12)

Building a Grad Nation Report - Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
America's Promise Alliance

This annual report finds graduation rates continue to improve nationally and across many states and districts. Reports: 2016 - 2010. (July 8)

High School Graduation in New York City - Is Neighborhood Still Destiny?
Measure of America

This is an in-depth look at disparities in on-time high school graduation rates by New York City neighborhood. It may have significance in other U.S. communities. Introduction. Related story. (May 11)

The Graduation Effect
Alliance for Excellent Education

The national high school graduation rate is at an all time high, but one in five high school students fails to earn a high school diploma on time. Use the map to see the economic potential of a 90 percent grad rate in Georgia. (May 4)

Blended Learning Offers Promise as a Strategy for Re-engaging Students
Center for Promise - America's Promise Alliance

This paper presents a landscape analysis of how blended learning currently is being used as a strategy to serve young adults, age 16-24, who have re-engaged in education in an effort to obtain a high school diploma or equivalency. Introduction. Related story. (April 15)

Don't Quit On Me - What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships
GradNation - America's Promise Alliance

This report examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving and returning to high school. Introduction. (September 2015, posted April 12)


High school graduation rates hit record high
U.S. News & World Report

High school graduation rates in the United States continued to rise for the fourth year in a row, and according to data released Tuesday by the Department of Education, students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before. (December 2015) 

Rising Tide:  Do College Grad Rate Gains Benefit All Students?
Education Trust

Graduation rates have been steadily improving at universities for about a decade now. But this report shows that at some public institutions, the gap in graduation rates between minority students and white students is actually growing. Introduction. Related story.  (December 2015)

Progress is No Accident:  Why ESEA Can't Backtrack on High School Graduation Rates
Alliance for Excellent Education, America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, Everyone Graduates

This report finds that the number of high school dropouts decreased from 1 million in 2008 to approximately 750,000 in 2012. It also finds that there is much work yet to be done, with 1,235 high schools failing to graduate one-third or more of their students. Introduction. Related story. (November 2015)

Georgia High School Graduation Rates Jump in 2015
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s 2015 graduation rate grew 6 percentage points from the prior year to 78.8 percent, an all-time high under the most recent way of counting those who earned diplomas. Georgia DOE press release. (November 2015)

The Truth About America's Graduation Rate
National Public Radio

In this year's State of the Union address, President Obama said, "More of our kids are graduating than ever before." Great news! Maybe. (Part of this report was filed by WABE's Martha Dalton - Graduation Coaches Keep Georgia Students From Sliding Through the Cracks). June 2015


6 ways to improve dropout prevention efforts
eSchool News

Educators have reason to celebrate when it comes to dropout prevention. In 2014, the latest National Center for Education Statistics data showed that the U.S. high school graduation rate hit an all-time high of 80 percent and is on target to reach 90 percent by 2020. (September 2014)

Keeping 9th Graders On Track Can Move Grad Rate and Preventable Failure: Improvements in Long-term Outcomes When High School Focused on the Ninth Grade Year

Students who end their 9th grade year on track are four times more likely to earn a diploma than those who fall off-track. That research got officials with the Chicago Public Schools beginning in 2007 to focus more intentionally on helping high school freshman stay engaged. Their efforts paid off. Relating story. (September 2014)

Don't Call Them Dropouts - Understanding the Experience of Young People Who Leave High School Before Graduation
America's Promise Alliance

Young people don't stop going to school for a single reason, it's a cluster that becomes too much: care giving for siblings or parents, bouncing around in foster care, homelessness. Introduction. (May 2014)


Dropout Prevention: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Settings
ICF International

This white paper examines how rural schools can confront the many challenges associated with their locale and how rural communities can leverage their numerous strengths to prevent students from dropping out of school. Related story.  Free registration required to access this report. (October 2013)

Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core Data: School Year 2009-2010
U.S. Department of Education - National Center for Education Statistics

This report presents the number of high school graduates, the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR), and the dropout data for grades 9–12 for public schools in school year 2009–10. Intro to the report.  Related story. (January 2013)

U.S. High School Graduation Rates: Pattern and Explanations
National Bureau of Economic Research

America's high school graduation rate, which stagnated for the last three decades of the 20th century, is now climbing, according to this report.  There will be a $5 charge for an on-line, electronic copy. Related story. (January 2013)


For dropouts, often regrets and challenges
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This article was part of a bigger feature on the dropout rate in Georgia.  Four people who dropped out of school for a variety of reasons talk about what it has meant to them. (August 2012)

Diplomas Count 2012 - Trailing Behind, Moving Forward - A Work in Progress
Education Week

This is a link to the press release explaining the new report.  Ed Week charges for copies.  The report finds solid gains for the second year in a row after several years of declines and stagnation.  This report highlights Hispanic students.  Executive summary. (June 2012)

Using the Freshman On-track Indicator to Predict Graduation in Two Urban Districts in the Mid-west Region
Regional Education Laboratory - REL (Midwest)

The authors found that on-track status was a significant predictor of on-time graduation, even after controlling for student background characteristics and grade 8 achievement test scores (ECS Connection). (May 2012)