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Building a Grad Nation: Civic Marshall Plan State Indices and Annual Updates


The Civic Marshall Plan (CMP) State Indices compile significant indicators of each state’s progress in addressing the dropout challenge, using widely available national metrics at significant grade levels.

The CMP State Indices provide a quick, easily understood snapshot of each state’s status in meeting the graduation challenge, tallied against important benchmarks. They also identify the areas that need improvement if the state is to achieve a graduation rate of 90 percent or higher by 2020.

As additional information and recommendations become available, the CMP Indexes will be expanded; they will also be updated annually, to provide a “track record” of growth.

Choose a state from the map to learn more

Select any state from the map below to learn more about the state’s progress and challenges, including annually updated Civic Marshall Plan Indices.

Read Full Reports

Reports are updated annually. Choose any of the previous reports below to learn more about Building a Grad Nation.


Promoting Power

Promoting power compares the number of seniors enrolled in a high school to the number of freshmen enrolled in the high school three years earlier. It provides a measure of how efficiently and effectively high schools promote their students from grade to grade.

Promoting power is also a good indicator of high schools that have both high and low graduation rates. It is very likely that high schools which have 60% or fewer seniors than freshmen three years earlier will have unacceptably low graduation rates by state and national standards.

For more information on Promoting Power and national and regional trends see Locating the Dropout Crisis.