6 Biggest Wins for Education in 20144. High school graduation rates on track for 90 percent by 2020. A new report shows that for the second year in a row, American high schoolers are on track to reach a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020. Research for Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic was conducted through a collaboration of researchers from Civic Enterprises, Johns Hopkins University, Alliance for Excellent Education and American's Promise Alliance. In order for graduation rates to reach the lofty 90 percent goal, there needs to be an increase in graduation rate of 1.3 percent every year.