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Stats that Stick: March 21, 2012

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March 21, 2012 08:25 pm

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Graduation rate for the United States of America in 2009: 75.5.

That is up a total 3.5 percent since 2002 according to the report, Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, brought to you by the Alliance for Excellent Education along with Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, and America’s Promise Alliance. The report also found that the number of drop factories have decreased nation-wide.

Number of states that experienced an increase in graduation rate by modest or large gains: 24.

According to the Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic report, six states increased their high school graduation rates by seven percentage points or more between 2002 and 2009. Additionally, fourteen states increased their graduation rates by “moderate” amounts (3.0 to 6.9 percentage points), while four states made “modest” gains (2.7 – 2.9 percentage points).

Percent decrease in violence in schools since 1993: 95.24.

The recent school shooting rampage in Ohio has once again focused national attention on the issue of student violence. But experts say such high-profile incidents overshadow an important trend. Overall, violent crime in U.S. schools has fallen significantly since the early 1990s.In 1993, there were 42 school-related homicides. In 2010, there were just 2.

 

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