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Below the Surface: Solving the Hidden Graduation Rate Crisis

Apr 06, 2015


BelowTheSurfaceCoverThe U.S. national high school graduation rate recently reached a record high with 81 percent of the Class of 2013 graduating within four years. While this accomplishment is laudable, it should not obscure the fact that more than 1,200 high schools, serving more than 1.1 million students, still fail to graduate one-third or more of their students each year. These low-graduation-rate high schools primarily educate low-income students and students of color.

With the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) pending before the U.S. Congress, now is the time to ensure that federal, state, and local policy intently focuses on the nation’s lowest-performing high schools. Specifically, ESEA must ensure that states and school districts target resources and reform toward high schools that repeatedly fail to graduate one-third or more of their students.

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    Posted 6 years ago

    The problem is students cannot read. Resources, the church, parents, the education boards, must bring resources to bear on fundamentals or students will not be successful. Not really a problem that government has solved by throwing money at it. The state has had control of Normandy and Normandy is still financially at risk (which they should have known from the start of bussing), students by newspaper report still as uncertain of future attainment due to passing the year ‘not learning anything’ (teacher absenteeism/attitude), lack of books and materials, as they themselves said. Nope, that football stadium money sure could be better spent, but it does not seem that we are are serious about education as about football.

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