Racial Graduation Gap – Wisconsin

Wisconsin posts largest white-black graduation gap, By Erin Richards, October 17, 2016, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Wisconsin’s high school graduation rate of 88.4% in 2015 was 6th highest nationally, according to new federal data that revealed a record high U.S. graduation rate Monday, but the state retains the unfortunate distinction of being No. 1 for the widest graduation-rate gap between white and black students. Wisconsin also has the 10th highest gap between white and Hispanic students graduating in four years, an analysis by the Journal Sentinel showed…”

Chronic School Absenteeism

  • Chronic absenteeism hinders students, By Annysa Johnson, September 6, 2016, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “The overwhelming majority of U.S. school districts — urban, suburban and rural — experience some degree of chronic absenteeism that puts students at academic risk, according to a study released Tuesday.  But half of all chronically absent students are enrolled in 4% of the nation’s school districts and 12% of its schools, including many in Wisconsin. And it disproportionally affects students of color, those who are poor and those diagnosed with learning disabilities…”
  • The long-term consequences of missing school, By Mikhail Zinshteyn, September 6, 2016, The Atlantic: “The precocious teen who’s too cool for school—earning high marks despite skipping class—is a pop-culture standard, the idealized version of an effortless youth for whom success comes easy.  Too bad it’s largely a work of fiction that belies a much harsher reality: Missing just two days a month of school for any reason exposes kids to a cascade of academic setbacks, from lower reading and math scores in the third grade to higher risks of dropping out of high school, research suggests…”

High School Graduation Rate – Los Angeles, CA

Crash course in credit recovery yields best-ever graduation rate of 75% for L.A. schools, By Howard Blume and Sonali Kohli, August 10, 2106, Los Angeles Times: “The star of an annual kickoff event for the new school year in Los Angeles was a number: 75%, the highest graduation rate ever tabulated by the nation’s second-largest school system. That achievement, announced by L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King on Tuesday at Garfield High School, brought acclaim from an audience of administrators and dignitaries, but also led some to wonder again whether such improvement is real.  The milestone represents a breathtaking turnaround between December and June…”

High School Graduation Rate – New York City

New York City’s high school graduation rate tops 70%, By Elizabeth A. Harris, January 11, 2016, New York Times: “As New York State officials met on Monday to consider changes to high school graduation requirements, the state announced that the graduation rate inched up last year, with New York City’s edging above 70 percent for the first time. Despite that increase, white students remained far more likely to receive a diploma than black or Hispanic students. And high school graduation remained out of reach for many students with disabilities…”

US High School Graduation Rate

  • US high school graduation rate ticks up to 82 percent, By Jennifer C. Kerr (AP), December 15, 2015, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “The U.S. high school graduation rate inched up to 82 percent and the achievement gap narrowed, according to new federal data that raise concern among education officials and others that too many students still aren’t getting a diploma. The latest figures released Tuesday by the Education Department showed wide disparities in graduation rates according to where students live. Leading the way was Iowa, with a graduation rate of nearly 91 percent. The District of Columbia had the lowest rate, 61 percent…”
  • High school graduation rate hits all-time high; 82 percent finish on time, By Lyndsey Layton, December 15, 2015, Washington Post: “The national high school graduation rate hit an all-time high in 2013-2014, with 82 percent of students earning a diploma on time, according to federal data released Tuesday.  The data shows that every category of student — broken down by race, income, learning disabilities and whether they are English-language learners — has posted annual progress in graduation rates since 2010, when states adopted a uniform method of calculating those rates…”

US High School Dropout Rate

  • The nation’s high school dropout rate has fallen, study says, By Emma Brown, November 10, 2015, Washington Post: “The U.S. high school dropout rate has fallen in recent years, with the number of dropouts declining from 1 million in 2008 to about 750,000 in 2012, according to a new study to be released Tuesday. The number of ‘dropout factories’ — high schools in which fewer than 60 percent of freshmen graduate in four years — declined significantly during the same period, according to the study by a coalition of education groups…”
  • Report: Quarter-million more students now graduate from H.S. each year, By Greg Toppo, November 10, 2015, USA Today: “About a quarter-million more students graduated from high school in 2012 than four years earlier, new research shows, with the number of ‘dropout factories’ — high schools that persistently graduate fewer than 60% of students — cut in half since 2008. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan welcomed the findings, saying that poorly performing high schools have been ‘failing generations of students…'”

US High School Graduation Rate

  • As U.S. grad rate keeps climbing, some students lag behind, By Allie Bidwell, May 12, 2015, US News and World Report: “America is on track to continue recording record-level high school graduation rates in the next five years, but some states are struggling to keep pace even as they make gains each year.   A new report from a coalition of education advocacy groups – America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center and the Alliance for Excellent Education – predicts the country is on pace to reach a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate by 2020. To get to that national goal – 9 percentage points higher than the most recent rate of 81 percent, an all-time high – the report says the graduating class of 2020 will need to have 310,000 more graduates than the class of 2013…”
  • Oregon hurting nation’s drive to improve high school graduation rates, report says, By Betsy Hammond, May 13, 2015, The Oregonian: “Solid, steady improvements in high school graduation rates around the country have put the United States on track to reach a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020, a new report says. But the report calls Oregon ‘a laggard,’ with near worst-in-nation rates for almost every category of students. It warns that Oregon, along with three other states with significant Latino populations, “will hold back continued national progress” towards the 90 percent goal.
  • States vary in success at improving high school grad rates, By Kimberley Hefling (AP), May 12, 2015, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “The record high American graduation rate masks large gaps among low income students and those with disabilities compared to their peers.  There are also wide disparities among states in how well they are tackling the issue.  ‘This year, we need to sound a stronger alarm,’ said Gen. Colin Powell and his wife, Alma Powell, in a letter released Tuesday as part of an annual Grad Nation report produced in part by their America’s Promise Alliance organization. The report is based on 2013 rates using federal data, the most recent available…”

Foster Youth and High School Graduation

Colorado foster care youth less likely to graduate than homeless kids, By Eric Gorski, September 14, 2014, Denver Post: “Each morning before school, Latisha Alvarado Barrington and her younger brother packed an extra set of clothes in their backpacks because they were unsure where they would sleep that night. Often, they would not want to go at all for fear of being taken again. Latisha guarded her identity as a foster child. She was fearful of the stigma as she bounced among a dozen placements, at times because her foster parents thought she was too much to handle. The despair of falling behind caused her to lay her head on the desk and think of school as pointless. Public officials and child advocates in Colorado have long known that students in foster care lag behind academically but have lacked the data to quantify it, a necessary step for finding solutions…”

Inequality and Opportunity

One key to success: A belief in a future, By Eduardo Porter, June 10, 2014, New York Times: “Tim Jackson’s job is to convince young people that they have a stake in the future. The boys in his care at Harper High School, in one of the meanest neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side, all have harsh stories. Clayton Harris, a bouncy 15-year-old freshman, tells me about his older brother, a high school dropout who smokes weed and does little else. Malik McGhee, still a sophomore at 17, knows what it’s like to have had a gun pointed at his head in fourth grade. Almost half the students who enroll at Harper drop out within five years, one of the highest rates in the city. The school is in a part of town where a dispute over a stolen bicycle or a Facebook fight between two girls over a boy might end up with a dead teenager. . .”

US High School Graduation Rate

  • High school graduation rates at historic high, By Lyndsey Layton, April 28, 2014, Washington Post: “Calling it ‘a profound milestone,’ Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday that the country has reached its highest graduation rate in history, with 80 percent of students receiving a diploma in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available…”
  • 80 percent of high school students now graduate, By Kimberly Hefling (AP), April 28, 2014, Chicago Sun-Times: “U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma. Citing the progress, researchers are projecting a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020. Their report, based on Education Department statistics from 2012, was presented Monday at the Building a GradNation Summit…”

High School Dropout Age – Massachusetts

Massachusetts debates raising school dropout age to 18, By Adrienne Lu, October 11, 2013, Stateline: “Massachusetts is the latest state to consider raising the dropout age for students to 18 in an effort to improve graduation rates. A bill, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, would also standardize use of an early warning system that would alert school administrators when a student might be at risk for dropping out. The state would also provide funding for schools to establish graduation coaches, following in Georgia’s footsteps…”

High School Dropout Age – Kentucky

All Kentucky schools must increase dropout age to 18 by 2017, July 10, 2013, Lexington Herald-Leader: “Kentucky will abandon a generations-old policy that allows minors as young as 16 to drop out of school, a move being heralded by Gov. Steve Beshear as an important step for a state that has strived to improve its economy and educational standing. At last count, some 5,000 Kentucky teens per year quit school early in Kentucky…”

US High School Graduation Rates

  • Michigan’s high school graduation rate trails national average – Education Week report, By Brian Smith, June 6, 2013, MLive.com: “Michigan’s high school graduation rate is almost 4 percent below the national average and is trending downward, according to the latest annual report on graduation rates from Education Week, a specialty newspaper for educators. The data comes from the eighth-annual ‘Diplomas Count 2013’ special report, produced by the publication with data from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. This year’s report uses data from the class of 2010, the most recent class for which data was available…”
  • Graduation rates dropping among Native American students, By Kelsey Sheehy, June 6, 2013, U.S. News & World Report: “Major gains among black and Latino students pushed the nation’s high school graduation rates to near record levels. Native American students, however, are not enjoying the same boom. Instead, graduation rates for Native American students are sliding backwards, according to ‘Diplomas Count 2013,’ an annual report released today by Education Week…”
  • Fl’s graduation rate for Hispanic students tops in the nation, as state makes strong gains overall, report shows, By Leslie Postal, June 6, 2013, Orlando Sentinel: “Florida has made strong gains in high school graduation rates in the last decade and led the nation when it comes to having Hispanic students earn diplomas, a new report released today shows. The 2013 Diplomas Count report put Florida’s graduation rate for Hispanic students — a group that has historically struggled to earn diplomas — tops in the country for the second year in a row, the Florida Department of Education said…”

High School Dropout Age – Kentucky

  • General Assembly approves higher dropout age; Beshear will sign bill, By Linda B. Blackford, March 11, 2013, Lexington Herald-Leader: “Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear praised the Kentucky legislature Monday for approving a bill that lets school districts raise the dropout age from 16 to 18. The Beshears have pushed the legislature to raise the dropout age for several years, following similar efforts since at least 1998…”
  • Legislature OKs raising legal dropout age to 18, By Roger Alford (AP), March 12, 2013, Cincinnati Enquirer: “Kentucky would join 15 other states that bar students from dropping out of school before they’re legally adults under a measure the Legislature passed Monday. The Senate voted 33-5 for final passage of the legislation that proponents say will prevent 6,000 Kentucky teens from quitting school early each year. Raising the dropout age from 16 to 18 has been a priority for Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who has been pushing lawmakers to take action since he took office in 2007…”

US High School Graduation Rate

  • National public high school graduation rate at a four-decade high, By Lyndsey Layton, January 21, 2013, Washington Post: “The percentage of students at public high schools who graduate on time has reached its highest level in nearly 40 years, according to the most recent federal government estimates released Tuesday. Based on data collected from the states for the Class of 2010, the National Center for Education Statistics estimated that 78 percent of students across the country earned a diploma within four years of starting high school. The graduation rate was last at that level in 1974, officials said…”
  • High school grad rate best since ’76, By Philip Elliott (AP), January 22, 2013, Detroit News: “The nation’s high school graduation rate is the highest since 1976, but more than a fifth of students are still failing to get their diploma in four years, the Education Department said in a study released today. Officials said the steady rise of students completing their education is a reflection of the struggling economy and a greater competition for new jobs…”
  • U.S. high school graduation rate hits highest level in decades, By Michael Muskal, January 22, 2013, Los Angeles Times: “The percentage of U.S. students graduating from high school within four years rose to its highest level in decades in 2010, while the rate of those who dropped out fell to one of its lowest in years. The latest federal report on public school graduates and dropouts, released Tuesday, paints an improving picture of high school education, but the results vary by location, a reflection of the reality that education policy remains a local issue…”

High School Graduation Rate – Georgia

Georgia failed to count thousands of high school dropouts, By Nancy Badertscher and Kelly Guckian, August 19, 2012, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Georgia’s dropout problem is twice as bad as school officials previously calculated, an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows. Using data for the Class of 2011, obtained through an open records request, the AJC found that 30,751 students left high school without a diploma, nearly double the 15,590 initially reported. The discrepancy came to light because this year the federal government made all states use a new, more rigorous method to calculate graduation rates. Under the new formula, the state’s graduation rate plunged from 80.9 percent to 67.4 percent, one of the nation’s lowest. Part of the reason for the decline is that the new formula defines a graduate as someone who earns a diploma in four years, though thousands of students take five years or longer. But the AJC’s analysis shows – for the first time – how much of the discrepancy stemmed from a failure to accurately measure how many students drop out…”

High School Graduation Rate – Texas

Texas’ high school graduation rate reaches record high, By Jennifer Radcliffe, August 3, 2012, Houston Chronicle: “Graduation rates for Texas’ black and Hispanic students topped 80 percent for the first time in state history in 2011, but they still lagged behind the record-setting overall graduation rate of 86 percent, the Texas Education Agency reported Friday. Hispanic graduation rates increased 3 percentage points to 81.8 percent, while black students’ rate increased 2 percentage points to 80.9 percent…”

High School Graduation Rates – Wisconsin

State, MPS post improved high school graduation rates, By Erin Richards, May 17, 2012, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Wisconsin’s public high school students posted a graduation rate of 87% in 2011, a figure that’s higher than the average graduation rate of students in 2010, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Public Instruction. The new data is based on a four-year rate calculation that counts only students who earn a regular high school diploma within four years of starting high school. It’s the second year that Wisconsin has had to calculate rates in the method, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. Wisconsin’s average high school graduation rate looks more favorable under the old method the state used for making such calculations. Known as the legacy rate, it counts other students who took longer than four years to finish high school…”

High School Graduation Rates – Michigan

  • 4 of every 10 minorities or low-income Kalamazoo-area students do not graduate on time, report shows, By Julie Mack, April 20, 2012, Kalamazoo Gazette: “Nearly half of African-Americans and four of every 10 Kalamazoo-area students who are Hispanic and/or come from a low-income household do not graduate high school on time, according to the latest graduation/dropout report from the Michigan Department of Education. The statistic also is true for students diagnosed with a disability. Even six years after starting high school, a third of students in those groups still lack a high school diploma, the data shows. Numbers for the 35 school districts in the Kalamazoo area closely track statewide trends and have remained fairly consistent in recent years…”
  • Graduation data for Kalamazoo Public Schools reflects high dropout rate among African-American males, By Julie Mack, April 20, 2012, Kalamazoo Gazette: “Kalamazoo Public Schools counted 182 African-American males who started high school in the fall of 2007. Only 80 — or 44 percent — graduated on time last June, according to the state’s latest graduation report. Of the KPS African-American young men who failed to graduate, 39, or 23 percent, were recorded as dropouts and the remaining students were still in school but lacked enough credits to graduate. Among Kalamazoo’s African-American females in the Class of 2011, 68 percent graduated on time — the same graduation rate as KPS white males…”
  • Local graduation rate dips, By Justin A. Hinkley, April 15, 2012, Battle Creek Enquirer: “Michigan’s tougher new graduation requirements shaved 3 percentage points off of the local graduation rate. Locally, 77 percent of students graduated on time last spring, down from 80 percent in 2010, according to recently released data from the Michigan Department of Education’s Center for Educational Performance & Information. The local rate is the combined total of all 23 area school districts with graduating seniors. Of those 23 districts, eight districts showed improvements in their graduation rates while the rest posted declines. The Class of 2011 was the first in the state to go through all four years of the Michigan Merit Curriculum graduation requirements, which have been called some of the toughest in the country…”

High School Graduation Rates – Michigan

Michigan graduation rates dip only slightly under tougher standards, By Lori Higgins, April 10, 2012, Detroit Free Press: “New graduation and dropout rate data for Michigan’s class of 2011 show a slight decline in graduation rates versus the surge in dropouts some predicted after the state toughened requirements. Many had predicted this class would struggle, because the students were the first to comply with the state’s new graduation requirements, which mandate a heavier dose of math and science than previous students had taken. But a first look at the data — from the state Center for Educational Performance and Information — finds those dire predictions didn’t come true. Nearly 15,000 students — or 11.13% — of the class dropped out, up slightly from 11.07% for the class of 2010…”