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ERIC Number: ED504669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Progress toward Increasing National and State Graduation Rates. Raising Graduation Rates: A Series of Data Briefs
Balfanz, Robert; West, Thomas C.
Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University
This is the first in a series of briefs examining the progress in raising high school graduation rates over the past decade. During this period, the prevailing belief has been that all students who wanted to or needed to graduate did so. However, it is now recognized that in every state there are too many communities and schools where high school graduation is not the norm. Moreover, a widespread national consensus developed that state and national graduation rates were far from where they needed to be to insure success in the 21st century. As awareness of the magnitude, scope and consequences of the nation's graduation challenge grew in the past decade, many states and communities responded with a call to action and a diversity of attempts to increase graduation rates. Has this made a difference? How far do we still have to go to graduate all students from high school prepared for college, career, and civic life? This first data brief looks at progress in raising graduation rates in the nation and its 50 states. It examines national and statewide progress in raising the high school graduation rate between 2002 and 2006. (Contains 3 tables.) [This document was produced by The Everyone Graduates Center, located at the Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Arkansas; Delaware; Hawaii; Kentucky; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New York; North Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee