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ERIC Number: ED542115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 100
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic. Annual Update, 2013
Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Bruce, Mary; Fox, Joanna Hornig
Civic Enterprises
This fourth annual update on America's high school dropout crisis shows that for the first time the nation is on track to meet the goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the Class of 2020--if the pace of improvement from 2006 to 2010 is sustained over the next 10 years. The greatest gains have occurred for the students of color and low-income students most affected by the dropout crisis. Many schools, districts and states are making significant gains in boosting high school graduation rates and putting more students on a path to college and a successful career. This progress is often the result of having better data, an understanding of why and where students drop out, a heightened awareness of the consequences to individuals and the economy, a greater understanding of effective reforms and interventions, and real-world examples of progress and collaboration. These factors have contributed to a wider understanding that the dropout crisis is solvable. While progress is encouraging, a deeper look at the data reveals that gains in graduation rates and declines in dropout factory high schools occurred unevenly across states and subgroups of students (e.g. economically disadvantaged, African American, Hispanic, students with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency). As a result, large "graduation gaps" remain in many states among students of different races, ethnicities, family incomes, disabilities and limited English proficiencies. To repeat the growth in graduation rates in the next ten years experienced in the second half of the last decade, and to ensure progress for all students, the nation must turn its attention to closing the graduation gap by accelerating progress for student subgroups most affected by the dropout crisis. This report outlines the progress made and the challenges that remain. "Part 1: The Data" analyzes the latest graduation rates and "dropout factory" trends at the state and national levels. "Part 2: Progress and Challenge" provides an update on the nation's shared efforts to implement the Civic Marshall Plan to reach the goal of at least a 90 percent high school graduation rate for the Class of 2020 and all classes that follow. "Part 3: Paths Forward" offers recommendations on how to accelerate the nation's work and achieve its goals, with all students prepared for college and career. The report also offers "snapshots" within schools, communities, and organizations from Orlando to Oakland that are making substantial gains in boosting high school graduation rates. Appended are: (1) Dropout Factory High Schools, by Region and State, 2002 and 2011; (2) Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) and Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR), by State, 2003-2011; (3) 2010-2011 Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates (ACGR), by State and Subgroup; (4) Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) Data Links, by State; (5) Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) Public Availability, by State, District, and School, Classes of 2010 and 2011; (6) Change in Number of Dropout Factory High Schools, by Locale, 2002 to 2011; (7) Civic Marshall Plan State Index--Samples; (8) Subgroup Definitions; (9) Graduation Rate FAQ; (10) Civic Marshall Plan Leadership; (11) Civic Marshall Plan Principles; and (12) Key Programs of the Grad Nation Campaign. (Contains 10 tables, 3 figures and 116 endnotes.) [For "Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic. Annual Update, 2012," see ED530320.]
Civic Enterprises. 1828 L Street NW 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-467-8894; Fax: 202-467-8900; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: AT&T; State Farm Insurance Companies
Authoring Institution: Civic Enterprises; Johns Hopkins University, Everyone Graduates Center; America's Promise Alliance; Alliance for Excellent Education
IES Cited: ED552306