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Size and Characteristics of the Dropout / Graduation Rate Crisis

Scale and nature of the crisis

To date, there are no more than a dozen community/city level studies of the characteristics of the dropout/graduation rate crisis and to our knowledge no state level studies.

Yet analysis of how many students are dropping out/not graduating in different locales, how far these students are from graduation when they dropout, how dropout/graduation rates vary by student characteristics, and how students who need strong interventions to graduate are distributed across schools are essential if efforts to increase graduation rates are to succeed.

Without this knowledge it will not be possible to know if proposed reforms are sufficient to address the scale and nature of the dropout / graduation crisis or targeted appropriately at the right schools and students.

Everyone Graduates Center researchers are working with both states and cities to build this knowledge base.

Early Intervention Drives Graduation Success

Early Intervention Drives Graduation Success

The path to dropout starts early. So the earlier a struggling student is identified, ideally ...

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Still a Freshman: Examining the Prevalence and Characteristics of Ninth-Grade Retention Across Six States

Still a Freshman: Examining the Prevalence and Characteristics of Ninth-Grade Retention Across Six States

Because ninth grade is a make-or-break year for increasing graduation rates, schools with high ninth-grade ...

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Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic

The central message of this report is that some states and school districts are raising ...

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Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008-09 Dropouts in the Baltimore City Schools

Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008-09 Dropouts in the Baltimore City Schools

Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008-09 Dropouts in the Baltimore City Schools examined eight ...

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Raising Graduation Rates: A Series of Data Briefs Progress Toward Increasing National and State Graduation Rates

Raising Graduation Rates: A Series of Data Briefs Progress Toward Increasing National and State Graduation Rates

This is the first in a series of briefs examining the progress in raising high ...

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