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One-Third of a Nation: Rising Dropout Rates and Declining Opportunities

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Excerpt from ETS Press Release Feb 23, 2005:

"As Congress, governors, and state education officials turn their attention now to high school reform, a new report from ETS warns that little is being done to address rising dropout rates, declining earnings for dropouts in the job market, and reduced public investments in effective second-chance efforts.


Issued by ETS's Policy Information Center, the report, One-Third of a Nation: Rising Dropout Rates and Declining Opportunities, tracks dwindling high school completion rates throughout the 1990s, which persist today. The report also found clear evidence that more students are dropping out earlier, between ninth and 10th grades. Coupled with the finding of too few counselors and a steep decline in federal investment, from about $15 billion in the late 1970s to about $3 billion today, the outlook is not good."

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