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ERIC Number: ED557913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Below the Surface: Solving the Hidden Graduation Rate Crisis. Updated
Cardichon, Jessica; Lovell, Phillip
Alliance for Excellent Education
The U.S. national high school graduation rate recently reached a record high with 81 percent of the Class of 2013 graduating within four years. While this accomplishment is laudable, it should not obscure the fact that more than 1,200 high schools, serving more than 1.1 million students, still fail to graduate one-third or more of their students each year. These low-graduation-rate high schools primarily educate low-income students and students of color. With the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) pending before the U.S. Congress, now is the time to ensure that federal, state, and local policy intently focuses on the nation's lowest-performing high schools. Specifically, ESEA must ensure that states and school districts target resources and reform toward high schools that repeatedly fail to graduate one-third or more of their students. [Contains endnotes. The following are appended: (1) Number of Low-Graduation-Rate High Schools (2012); (2) Number of Students Attending High Schools with Graduation Rates At or Below 67 Percent (2012); (3) Student Demographics in Low-Graduation-Rate High Schools, Race (2012); and (4) Student Demographics in Low-Graduation-Rate High Schools, Other Subgroups (2012).]
Alliance for Excellent Education. 1201 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-828-0828; Fax: 202-828-0821; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Montana; North Dakota; South Dakota
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001