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Alliance for Excellent Education Issues Updated Snapshots of the Nation’s High Schools

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Alliance for Excellent Education Issues Updated Snapshots of the Nation’s High Schools

The Alliance for Excellent Education is releasing updated State Cards, which provide a summary of vital data regarding high schools in each state and the District of Columbia.

Now in their fourth year of publication, the 2008 State Cards offer an overview of relevant high school statistics and other information for policymakers, government officials, and concerned citizens.

Available at, the State Cards are also distributed directly to U.S. Congressional delegations, governors, state legislators and some mayors.

“Information about each state’s high schools, including how they perform in relation to national averages, is essential to any effort geared toward improving education in this country,” says Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “This is especially important right now, as Congress takes up renewal of the No Child Left Behind Act and considers ways to strengthen the law to address the needs of our high schools and their students.”

The State Cards provide a concise and comprehensive profile of each state’s high schools.  For example, three different graduation rates are listed, demonstrating the disparity between state-reported rates, U.S. Department of Education-reported rates and independent research estimates.  Also compared are eighth-grade students’ reading and math scores on state tests versus scores on the federally administered National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

  • In addition, the new State Card reports on the following:
  • NAEP eighth-grade reading scores broken down by subgroups;
  • Graduation rates by race;
  • Each state’s “dropout factories” (schools where 60 percent or fewer of the students progress to twelfth grade in four years);
  • How each state fares in terms of developing effective systems that track; individual student achievement over time, known as longitudinal data systems;
  • The negative economic impact of dropouts; and
  • Each state’s percentage of highly qualified teachers.

“Hopefully, the critical information on these cards,” says Wise, “will cause Congress to act this year on important legislation to improve high schools so that the numbers on next year’s cards show steady gains.”

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.

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