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The Graduation Gap
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The Graduation Gap

Too many of the nation’s high school students leave high school ill-prepared for work or college; and far too many leave altogether, long before graduation day. Recent reports tell us that no more than 75% of students leave high school with a diploma. In nearly 2,000 of the nation’s high schools, graduation is not the norm.

This Web site aims to be part of the solution: a resource for everyone interested transforming our nations high schools so that all students graduate prepared to succeed in college, career and civic life.

Its goal is to provide the best data available on the size, scope, location, and characteristics of the Graduation Gap-the difference between existing graduation rates and skill levels in the nation’s high schools and those needed to meet the economic and social challenges of the 21st Century.

Click here to access our Education Week Commentary on The Graduation Rate Crisis We Know and What Can Be Done About It and the research which supports it.

Click here to access the Promoting Power page.

The first resource is data on Promoting Power in the nation’s high schools. By comparing the number of seniors to the number of freshmen four years earlier, it is possible to identify which high schools likely have high and low graduation rates.

Useful Links to other organizations with information on graduation rates, high school student achievement levels, and the importance of HIgh School reform.

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Future postings will include what is known about reforming high schools with low graduation rates, data on the minority graduation gap, and the middle grade’s connection.

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