Number of students dropping out is falling

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The number of students dropping out of high school declined by 27 percent in a four-year period, according to a report released Tuesday.

Progress is No Accident,” released in coordination with Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and Everyone Graduates Center, showcases that the number of students who graduated dropped from 1,015,946 in 2008 to 744,193 in 2012.

The report highlights the following points:

  • Dropout rates declined in direct correlation with enactment of federal policies. According to the report, the U.S. Department of Education issued regulations that would help in stemming the dropout rate and -- in turn -- raising the graduation rate.
  • “Dropout Factories” are declining. Dropout factories are defined by Everyone Graduates Center as students in the class decreasing by 60 percent or more between 9th and 12th grades. These went from more than 1,800 in 2008 to closer to 1,000 by 2014.
  • While the dropout rate has improved, there’s more work to do. There are 1,235 high schools that are not graduating one-third or more of their students, with the biggest population of these schools in New York, Georgia and California.

The report specifically cites “federal accountability policy for high school graduation rates, along with state and local action, has led to a significant increase in the number of students earning high school diplomas.”

Public media has played a significant role in their communities across the country through American Graduate in hosting community conversations, events and producing content connected with raising awareness of the importance of keeping students on a path to success.

The report was released in conjunction with the first White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools. Read the full report here.