ONLY 69 PERCENT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GRADUATE: New Report Examines Graduation Rates for All 50 States ArticleNovember 25, 2002
A new report, Public School Graduation Rates in the United States, by Jay Greene of the Manhattan Institute examines high school graduation rates by state and found that the national graduation rate for the public school class of 2000 was 69 percent, up one percentage point from last year.
In an Oct. 9 article for the New York Times, Richard Rothstein argues that the country has been so focused on raising standards and improving test scores that it has ignored a 4 percent increase in the high school dropout rate from 26 percent in 1990 to 30 percent in 2000.
Across the country, states are ratcheting up standards for high school graduates.
In model schools around the country, personalized learning plans, reading coaches, and successful teacher recruitment initiatives are already in place.
As the nation's schoolchildren head back to school and school districts begin to implement the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, one thing is very clear-six million students in our nation's middle schools and high schools are in serious danger of being left behind.
In addition to the new mandates of No Child Left Behind, West Clermont School District in Cincinnati, Ohio is converting both of its large high schools into five smaller schools within schools.