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National Research

Learn more about the dropout crisis with national research and the latest and most accessible statistics on this critically important issue.

Understanding the National Picture

  • For the first time, America is on track to meet the national goal of 90% graduation rate by 2020.
  • Even with these gains, America still loses about one out of five young people to the dropout crisis each year.
  • Every year, nearly one million school-aged children in the US do not graduate high school with their peers.
  • On average, the graduation rate among African-American and Hispanic students is less than 69%.
  • Raising the graduation rate in 2011 to 90% would have increased the GDP by $6.6 billion.
  • High school graduates are more likely to be employed, make higher taxable incomes, and generate jobs than those without a high school diploma.
  • Graduates are less likely to engage in criminal behavior or receive social services.

The 2013 Annual Update of Building a Grad Nation provides an analysis of the latest graduation rate data and a comprehensive review on efforts to accelerate student achievement from across the nation.


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