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Document Number: 10147

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic - The 2012 edition of this annual report shows that the nation continues to make progress in reducing dropout rates, with more than half of the states increasing graduation rates. The report also reveals that the number of "dropout factory" high schools—those graduating 60 percent or fewer students on time—decreased between 2002 and 2010, with the rate of decline accelerating since 2008. As a result, 790,000 fewer students attended dropout factories in 2010 than 2002. (Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, March, 2012)...

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