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ERIC Number: ED538946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
High School Reform in Colorado: A History of Efforts and Lessons for the Future
Padgette, Heather Clapp
Colorado Children's Campaign
The need to complete a successful high school education has never been more important for an individual's future success. But, across the nation, high schools are not living up to their promise. U.S. high school graduation rates have remained virtually the same for the last 30 years--about 30 percent of students fail to graduate from high school with a diploma--while the intellectual demands of college, work and life have increased dramatically. According to a recent report from the Manhattan Institute, Colorado graduates only about 70 percent of its students on time, ranking Colorado 29th among states. Even more disturbing, the state's graduation rate has declined by around 10 percentage points since the early 1990s--likely a result of Colorado's changing demographics. Among Colorado's minority students, graduation rates are much worse--while about 80 percent of white students graduated, only 61 percent of black students and 47 percent of Hispanics graduated. The dismal statistics regarding Colorado's high school performance are not the result of a lack of effort. A great deal of effort has been expended by state and federal policymakers and philanthropic entities to improve outcomes for high school students. (Contains 39 footnotes.)
Colorado Children's Campaign. 1580 Lincoln Street Suite 420, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-839-1580; Fax: 303-839-1354; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Children's Campaign
Identifiers - Location: Colorado