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ERIC Number: ED505594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-22
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Cities in Crisis: Closing the Graduation Gap. Educational and Economic Conditions in America's Largest Cities
Swanson, Christopher B.
Editorial Projects in Education
The condition of America's high schools stands as a central concern among both educators and policymakers. Independent research has revealed a state of affairs in which three in ten students fail to finish high school with a diploma and in which barely half of historically disadvantaged minority students graduate. This report, a successor to 2008's "Cities in Crisis," takes stock of high school graduation in the nation's 50 largest cities and their broader metropolitan areas. The report considers progress made or ground lost during the past decade. Although he scale of the dropout crisis remains troubling, it is noted that the majority of the nation's largest cities have seen improvements in their graduation rates over this period and that some of those gains have been substantial. The report also maps the intersection between education and the economy, as it relates to the impact of schooling on the key economic outcomes of employment, income, and poverty. In today's world, finishing high school is generally considered a bare-minimum prerequisite to function successfully in many aspects of adult life, particularly those associated with achieving financial security and career advancement. This analysis concludes that a high school diploma may offer its greatest benefit by opening doors to further education and training, which in turn afford additional opportunities. (Contains 20 figures.) [For "Cities in Crisis: A Special Analytic Report on High School Graduation," see ED505655.]
Editorial Projects in Education. 6935 Arlington Road Suite 100, Bethesda, MD 20814-5233. Tel: 800-346-1834; Tel: 301-280-3100; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: America's Promise Alliance; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Editorial Projects in Education, Bethesda, MD.