This report is a collaboration between the Everyone Graduates Center and Jobs for the Future.
While high schools with low graduation rates have developed in every state and many communities across the country, they are concentrated in a subset of 17 states that produce approximately 70 percent of the nation’s dropouts. These states, which are the focus of this report, are by no means homogeneous. Some are densely populated; others are not. Nearly half have raised their graduation rates, while rates remain stagnant or have worsened in others. These 17 states are the “make or break” places on the road to reaching the President’s goal of making America once again first in the world in educational attainment.
Download the full report, with details on factors and suggestions for future improvements, available here in pdf.