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Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2010-2011 Annual Update

Abstract

Released last week at the Building a Grad Nation Summit, in Washington, the report notes that in 2008, the nation had 1,746 dropout factories, meaning schools with on-time graduation rates no higher than 60 percent and low "promoting power." That number fell by 112, to 1,634, the following year. The study updates a report published last fall that found a 13 percent decline from 2002 to 2008 in the number of dropout-factory high schools.

The report recommends steps the federal government can take to spur further improvement. They include: developing high standards to help ensure all students graduate college- or career-ready; targeting federal grants to the lowest-performing middle and high schools; holding states, districts, and schools accountable for graduating all high school students; and shifting from a one-size-fits-all school improvement system to one with flexibility and data-driven decision making. It also calls for support for wraparound social services and national-service efforts.

See Summit Archive:
http://www.americaspromise.org/Our-Work/Grad-Nation/Summit.aspx

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