NEXT GENERATION & DROPOUT RATESThe White House today will host the first-ever Summit on Next Generation High Schools, highlighting teachers, students, entrepreneurs and others who are working to revamp the traditional high school experience while expanding students’ access to STEM. Speakers include education secretary-in-waiting John King, Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz and others. In conjunction with the summit, the Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance and others are releasing a report that shows the number of students dropping out of high school each year has fallen by 250,000 since 2012. It’s news that will likely be embraced by the Obama administration — Education Secretary Arne Duncan and President Barack Obama have often noted that the national high school graduation rate is higher than ever at 81 percent. The number of “dropout factories,” or high schools where less than 60 percent of students make it to their senior year, has declined from 2,007 in 2002 to 1,040 in 2014, the report says. Obama administration programs, like School Improvement Grants, have targeted such schools.