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Alliance for Excellent Education Reports on State of America’s High Schools in Time for National Education Summit on High Schools Hosted by Achieve and the National Governors Association

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Alliance for Excellent Education Reports on State of America’s High Schools in Time for National Education Summit on High Schools Hosted by Achieve and the National Governors Association

Alliance data intended to inform governors’ high school reform initiative

The Alliance for Excellent Education is providing all 50 governors with a statistical snapshot of high schools in their respective states in anticipation of the National Education Summit on High Schools hosted by Achieve and the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C. (Feb. 26-27).

Each snapshot is offered as a quick reference to essential statistics about high schools in each state. Data includes funding, teachers’ salaries, graduation rates, college readiness, and academic achievement. Statewide numbers are compared to the national average, and include national rankings where applicable.

“The NGA, Achieve, and all of the governors are to be commended for taking on the critical issue of transforming the nation’s high schools,” says Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and the former governor of West Virginia. “With one-third of our students not graduating, and another third graduating unprepared for college, it is very important that the states are recognizing their ability and responsibility to make sure that every child is a graduate prepared for success. The Alliance for Excellent Education looks forward to working with each governor to improve the quality of the high school education in this country.”

According to the Alliance, the current status of the nation’s high schools includes the following national data:

  • 71 percent of entering high school freshmen achieve a high school diploma
  • 78 percent of White, 52 percent of Hispanic, and 56 percent of Black students achieve a high school diploma
  • 34 percent of all high school graduates are considered college-ready, meaning they have a high school diploma, basic literacy skills, and have taken high school courses required to be admitted to college
  • 28 percent of the nation’s eighth graders read significantly below grade level

According to Wise, “The good news is that there are high schools that are overcoming substantial obstacles and delivering excellent education to their students. The goal now is to make sure every student in every state receives an excellent education.”

State Snapshots

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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. It is funded by the Leeds Family, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the New York Community Trust, as well as by concerned individuals.

For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit: www.all4ed.com.

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