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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)...

Sustained Positive Effects on Graduation Rates Produced by New York City's Small Public High Schools of Choice - This policy brief is a follow-up to a study that evaluated the effects that small public high schools of choice had on improving academic progress and graduation rates for disadvantaged students in NYC. The original study followed one cohort of students through four years of high school. Results indicated that the small schools of choice increased student progress toward graduation during their first three years of high school and increased students' four-year graduation rates. This brief extends the analysis by one year and finds that the positive effects are sustainable behind the initial cohort. (MDRC, Jan 2012)...

Transitioning to the New High School Graduation Rate - In the 2011-2012 school year, all states are required to begin publicly reporting high school graduation rates using a single formula: the federal four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate (four-year ACGR) which tracks the progress of a group of ninth-grade students through high school toward graduation. The new rate will become part of federal accountability requirements in 2012-2013. (Matthew Lenard, SREB, June 2011)...

High School Dropout, Graduation and Completion Rates: Better Data, Better Measures, Better Decisions - High school graduation and dropout rates have long been used as indicators of educational system productivity and effectiveness and of social and economic well being. While determining these rates may seem like a straightforward task, their calculation is, in fact, complicated. This report describes: (1) the strengths, limitations, accuracy and utility of the available dropout and completion measures; (2) the state of the art with respect to longitudinal data systems; and (3) ways that dropout and completion rates can be used to improve policy and practice. (National Academies Press, 2010)...

The Rural Dropout Problem: An Invisible Achievement Gap - This report reviews high school dropout rates and related factors in rural high schools throughout 15 Southern and Southwestern states. These schools are in districts that are among the 800 rural districts with the highest student poverty rate nationally. Seventy-seven percent of the "Rural 800" districts and 87% of the students in them are in these 15 targeted states. These high-poverty rural school districts are more racially and ethnically diverse than all other rural school districts and all other districts of any kind. Nearly three in five of the students in these districts are people of color. (Rural School and Community Trust, May 2010)...


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