Most state high school graduation requirements are so poorly designed that they trap students in a "preparation gap," where they don't qualify for admission to public universities, according to a study released Monday.
New Mexico recently announced that the state's high school graduation rate remains at an all-time high of 71.1 percent. All4Ed President Bob Wise praised the state's progress, while acknowledging the state's commitment to pushing forward, especially for historically underserved students.
A bill has been filed to fix Indiana's broken diploma system, but at least one lawmaker said it might not be enough.
Raising South Carolina’s Graduation Rate Would Be a Big Boon for the Economy, Study Says In the NewsDecember 26, 2017
What would happen to South Carolina's economy if the state's high school graduation rate — now at a peak of 84.6 percent — was as high as Iowa's (91.3 percent) or New Jersey's (90.1 percent)?
According to recent research by the Alliance for Excellent Education, increasing Utah's high school graduation rate to 90 percent would lead to more education and higher incomes for those graduates, which would translate into higher rates of home buying and boost income tax collections.
Increasing Utah's high school graduation rate by 5 percentage points — to 90 percent — would lead to more education and higher income for those graduates, which means greater spending in terms of taxes, homebuying and other purchases, according to research by the Alliance for Excellent Education.
“When a state sets expectations high for all kids they are sending a certain message: ‘We want these kids to have access to a university if that’s what they want to do.’ Not automatically placing them in a CCR pathway … you’re just having them fend for themselves, and if a district does not raise requirements, it’s putting certain kids at a disadvantage,” says Monica Almond, a senior associate at the Alliance for Excellent Education.
The high school dropout rate among Hispanic students has dropped sharply in the past decade, reaching an all-time low of 10 percent, according to a new study. In 1996, 34 percent of Hispanic students had left high school before earning their diplomas, but by 2016, that number had fallen to 10 percent, an all-time low, according to the Pew Research Center.