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

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

The United States can meet its goal of raising the high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 — if the pace of improvement from 2006 to 2010 is sustained, a new report from Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University's School of Education, America's Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education finds. The report, Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic (100 pages, PDF), argues that much of the recent progress can be attributed to better data with respect to why and where students drop out, greater awareness of the dropout crisis and its consequences for the country, increased understanding of what works and what doesn't, and a greater focus on collaboration. At the same time, the report notes that improvement in state-level graduation rates has been uneven and calls for continued efforts to strengthen and align reporting and accountability; reduce disparities among racial and ethnic groups, income levels, and students with disabilities; and mobilize resources around the Civic Marshall Plan to Build a Grad Nation.