For the second year in a row, high school graduation rates in the US have continued to decline, according to a data in a study released by Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center foundation.
The study, called “Diplomas Count 2010”, analyzed and compared high school graduation rates from 2006 to 2007; it was found that there were approximately 11,000 fewer high school graduates nationwide in 2007 than in 2006. The analysis counts the percentage of high school students that receive a diploma in four years.
Another aspect of the report shows a list of 21 cities’ school districts whose graduation rates are reported as unexpectedly higher than estimated to be, based on poverty and ethnicity-based statistics. Amongst the school districts mentioned were Texarkana Independent in Texas and Memphis City in Tennessee. Higher graduation rates not only affect students and their families, but are also better for the economy.
The Alliance for Excellent Education estimates that if the dropout rate were to decrease by half in 50 of the US’ largest cities, tax revenue would increase due to the increased earnings of high school graduates compared to those who drop out.
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Christian Science Monitor
Graduation rate for US high-schoolers falls for second straight year
The national high school graduation rate has slipped in recent years, despite an array of public and private efforts to boost the percentage of students going on to college. But some districts are beating the odds, succeeding with many students who otherwise may have fallen through the cracks.
The percent of students earning a standard diploma in four years shifted from 69.2 percent in 2006 to 68.8 percent in 2007, according to an analysis of the most recent data in “Diplomas Count 2010.” It was the second consecutive year of decline, says the report, which was released Thursday by Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center, a nonprofit in Bethesda, Md.