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Redouble Efforts to Help More Students Graduate [Youth Today]

Thursday, July 28, 2016  
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Youth Today


Just 10 years ago, the nation’s on-time high school graduation rate was hovering around 70 percent, where it had been stuck for decades. Today, the graduation rate is 82.3 percent, the highest in history. And, significantly, we’ve seen the greatest increases among students of color and students from low-income families.


As a result, there have been about 2 million additional on-time high school graduates. That’s great news for those young people, their families and their communities."


Still, this is hardly a high-five moment. More than half a million young people left high school without graduating in 2014, this year’s annual “Building a Grad Nation” report found. And sobering graduation gaps for certain student groups persist. We have our work cut out for us to ensure opportunity exists for every student.


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