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Alliance Sheds Light on High School Graduation Rates

Almost 90 percent of the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs require some postsecondary education, but one third of the nation’s students—about 1.2 million each year—do not even graduate from high school. Unfortunately, these unacceptably low graduation rates, particularly among poor and minority students, have been obscured by inaccurate data, calculations, and reporting, and inadequate accountability systems at the state and federal levels.

To help individuals understand exactly who is (and who is not) graduating, the Alliance for Excellent Education has released “Understanding High School Graduation Rates,” a series of easy-to-read, one-page documents for all fifty states and the District of Columbia. These profiles provide the latest graduation rate statistics, illustrate graduation gaps between demographic groups, highlight discrepancies in graduation rates reported by government and independent sources, and examine the economic costs of dropouts to individuals and society.

To access national and state profiles, visit

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