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

Abstract

"For the first time in U.S. history, the nation's high school graduation rate rose above 80 percent, according to the 2014 Building a GradNation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic report released April 28 by Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America's Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

While more than eight in 10 public high school students are graduating on time, Building a GradNation shows more good news: the number of students enrolled in dropout factories has dropped 47 percent over the last decade, students of color have led the way in increasing graduation rates and leaving dropout factory high schools, and these increases have come as standards to graduate have gotten tougher.

The report, which was released at the 2014 Building A GradNation Summit, indicates the national graduation rate has crossed a momentous threshold."

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