Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic (Archived Webinar)
The national high school graduation rate increased from 72.6 percent in 2002 to 75.5 percent in 2009, according to a new report from Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education. The report, Building a Grad Nation, also finds that the number of high schools graduating 60 percent or fewer students on time—often referred to as “dropout factories”—decreased from 2,007 schools in 2002 to 1,550 schools in 2010.
Which states and which parts of the country are making the most progress in increasing high school graduation rates and reducing dropout factories? Which states are lagging? What reforms can states and districts make in the elementary, middle, and high school years to increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for college and a career? What role can the federal government play?
On Wednesday, April 25, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET), report authors Robert Balfanz of the Everyone Graduates Center and John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises had an in-depth discussion on the data and research presented in the report. Alliance Vice President of Federal Advocacy Phillip Lovell will offer federal recommendations and moderate the discussion. The archived webinar is below.