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Welcome to the American Graduate Research Center, where you can find the latest and most accessible statistics and research on the high school dropout crisis.
Civic Marshall Plan State Indices
The Civic Marshall Plan State Indices provide detailed report on each state including metrics on the progress and challenge needed to achieve a 90 percent graduation rate.
Public media is aligning partners and working with top education researchers to bring you the latest data. More information and resources will be available from our Research Center partners, including:
The unique perspectives of those impacted by the dropout crisis are highlighted in these reports:
PBS LearningMedia Survey Finds Teachers are Embracing Digital Resources to Propel Student Learning- A national survey of pre-K-12 teachers that provides a current snapshot of how teachers are utilizing technology in America’s classrooms, the types of technology teachers have access to and their attitudes toward technology.
Civil Rights Data Collection- National data tool for analyzing equity
and educational opportunities. It reveals new truths about the journey America’s young people
take from pre- kindergarten through high school graduation. Download the data summary here.
Middle school predictors of high school achievement in three California school districts.
Kurlaender, M., Reardon, S., & Jackson, J. (2008).
CDRP Report 13. Santa Barbara, CA: California Dropout Research Project.
What factors predict high school graduation in the Los Angeles Unified School District?
Silver, D., Saunders, M., & Zarate, E. (2008).
CDRP Report 14. Santa Barbara, CA: California Dropout Research Project.
Does poor health contribute to dropping out of high school?
Breslau, J. (2010). Santa Barbara, CA: California Dropout Research Project, University
of California, Santa Barbara.
Education pays 2010: The benefits of higher education for individuals and society.
Baum, S., Ma, J., & Payea (2010).
Washington, D.C.: College Board.
Why students drop out of school: A review of 25 years of research.
Rumberger, R. W. & Lim, S. A. (2008).
Santa Barbara, CA: California Dropout Research Project.
Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of School and What Can Be Done About It
Dropping Out offers a comprehensive overview by one of the country's leading experts, and
provides answers to fundamental questions: Who drops out, and why? What happens to them
when they do? How can we prevent at-risk kids from short-circuiting their futures?