April 28, 2014
US high school graduation rates hit historic high : Four-year high school graduation rates hit 80 percent, capping a decade of significant improvement and suggesting that US schools can hit even more ambitious goals by 2020. (Amanda Paulson, April 28, 2014, CS Monitor)
"It's really significant. After 30 years of flat-lining high school graduation rates and four successive US presidents setting a 90 percent graduation goal, finally over the last decade we've seen a 10 percentage point gain," says John Bridgeland, coauthor of the 2014 Building a Grad Nation report, which was also released Monday.That steady success in the past decade has meant 1.7 million more high school graduates, and there has been a reduction of nearly 650 so-called "dropout factories" - high schools that graduate fewer than 60 percent of their students, says Mr. Bridgeland, CEO of Civic Enterprises. The most significant progress has come in recent years, when graduating from high school has become more challenging.
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 28, 2014 6:14 PM