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Building a Grad Nation

About the #GradNation Campaign

Our Goal

To increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by the Class of 2020 and put millions more young people on the path to adult success.

What we do

The GradNation campaign brings focus and energy, research and best practices, national attention and a broad coalition to the graduation challenge. For those working to increase high school graduation rates, GradNation provides data, insight and analysis; information about effective and promising practices; plus opportunities to connect and learn from one another.

Who we are

Four organizations – America’s Promise Alliance, the Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education – lead the campaign, and hundreds more play critical roles nationally, in states and in communities.

Follow this link to visit the GradNation website.

2020 Building a Grad Nation Report

The nation has been committed to reaching a 90 percent graduation rate equitably for nearly 20 years. In 2010, the GradNation campaign launched a focused effort to reach that goal by the Class of 2020.

Steady progress has been made toward this goal. After 30 years of stagnating graduation rates, the country has seen 14 consecutive years of increasing graduation rates since 2004. In 2018, the nation once again reached an all-time high national graduation rate of 85.3 percent and 3.8 million more students have graduated rather than dropping out since the turn of the century. These additional graduates produce benefits to the nation’s economy, health, and civic society and position themselves to pursue the American dream.

Notably, gains have been driven by improvements among underserved students, with Black, Hispanic, low-income, and students with disabilities all out-pacing the national rate of increase. These improvements have persisted into postsecondary education, with Hispanic and Black students more than doubling their enrollment rates, and low-income students enrolling at rates that match their middle-income peers.

Still, there is crucial work to be done.

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Past Reports

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