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The national high school graduate rate has hit a record high at 82 percent, but a number of students and communities must be reached to continue that growth.

Today’s global economy demands a more educated workforce, requiring more students to graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary education and career.

According to the latest Building a GradNation report, 284,000 more graduates will be needed in the Class of 2020 than in the Class of 2014 to reach a 90 percent graduation rate. The vitality of our local and national communities depends greatly on the success of our youth and caring consistent adults play a critical role in ensuring they stay on the path to success. Learn more about the impact of dropping out, then become an American Graduate Champion and inspire others to better understand the crisis and how they can become part of the solution.

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National Data

With 610,000 more high school graduates in 2013, the nation could have seen more than 65,000 new jobs for the economy, according to data from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

The organization released national data along with information for more than 200 metro and regional markets in December 2015. See some of the economic benefits below.

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Leading Research About the Dropout Crisis

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 11.19.00 AM.pngFor All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students (July 2016) 

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Hidden in Plain Sight.pngHidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools (June 2016) 

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Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 9.20.42 AM.pngBuilding a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the Dropout Epidemic (May 2016)
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No Accident.pngProgress Is No Accident: Why ESEA Can't Backtrack on High School Graduation Rates (November 2015) 
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SMALL_Don't Quit on Me.jpgDon't Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships (September 2015) 
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Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 11.21.27 AM.pngBuilding a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the Dropout Epidemic (May 2015)
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Below the Surface.pngBelow the Surface: Solving the Hidden Graduation Rate Crisis (April 2015)
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ag-eval-100.jpgAmerican Graduate Initiative Action Evaluation Report (October 2013)
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Don't Call Them Dropouts.pngDon’t Call Them Dropouts: Understanding the Experiences of Young People who Leave High School before Graduation (May 2014)
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For the latest key findings in education, pertaining to the dropout crisis, visit the Civic Enterprises Educational Reports website.



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The unique perspectives of those impacted by the dropout crisis are highlighted in these reports:


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