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Dropout/Graduation Rates

Here you will find information that looks at both dropout and graduation rate issues.  Posting here does not imply Georgia Partnership endorsement.  Entries go back to 2016.  Please report broken links here.

Georgia Grad Rates
2017 Grad Rate: 80.6% (Georgia Department of Education Press Release)
2016 Grad Rate: 79.2% (Georgia Department of Education Press Release)
2015 Grad Rate: 78.8% (Georgia Department of Education Press Release)

Additional Resources
Dropout Rates – Fast Facts – National Center for Education StatisticsEveryone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins UniversityGradNation – America’s Promise AllianceHigh School Graduation Rates by States – U.S. News & World Report


2018 Building a Grad Nation:  Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

This latest report continues to call out the disparities in high school graduation rates for specific student subgroups and for the low-performing schools many of them attend, which are disproportionately affected by poverty, structural inequities, and inequitable access to resources, supports, and opportunities. Related story. Related story. (June 6)


Georgia’s CTAE Grad Rate is 96%.  Here’s What That Means for Students.
Georgia Department of Education

The grad rate for students involved in the Career, Technical, Agricultural Education (CTAE) program has risen to 96 percent. This rate – which applies to students who complete a Career Pathway – exceeds the state graduation rate by 15.4 percentage points. Related story. (December 20)

U.S. Graduation Rate Hits All Time High, With Gains in All Student Groups
Education Week

The national high school graduation rate has risen to an all time high – 84 percent – according to figures released by the federal government. (December 5)

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates
Civic Enterprises – Everyone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University

At 83.2 percent, the national graduation rate is at an all-time high. All told, 2.8 million more students have graduated from high school since 2001, resulting in significant benefits for young people, the economy, and the nation. Introduction. Executive summary. Related story. (May 5)


Report: Georgia Drop Out Rate Greater Than National Average

Georgia’s high school graduation rate has increased the past few years. But new data from the National Center for Education Statistics show the state’s high school dropout rate is above the national average. (November 1)

High school graduation rate hits record high at 83.2%
Associated Press

The nation’s high school graduation rate reached a record 83.2 percent, continuing a steady increase that shows improvement across all racial and ethnic groups. Related story.  Related story – Georgia. (October 18)

Who’s Minding the Neighborhood? The Role of Adult Capacity in Keeping Young People on a Path to Graduation
Center for Promise – America’s Promise Alliance

This brief explores whether increasing the number of adults in a community results in more young people on a positive path to adult success. Introduction. Related story. (October 12)

Building a Grad Nation Report – Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
America’s Promise Alliance

This annual report finds graduation rates continue to improve nationally and across many states and districts. Reports: 2016 – 2010. (July 8)

High School Graduation in New York City – Is Neighborhood Still Destiny?
Measure of America

This is an in-depth look at disparities in on-time high school graduation rates by New York City neighborhood. It may have significance in other U.S. communities. IntroductionRelated story. (May 11)

The Graduation Effect
Alliance for Excellent Education

The national high school graduation rate is at an all time high, but one in five high school students fails to earn a high school diploma on time. Use the map to see the economic potential of a 90 percent grad rate in Georgia. (May 4)

Blended Learning Offers Promise as a Strategy for Re-engaging Students
Center for Promise – America’s Promise Alliance

This paper presents a landscape analysis of how blended learning currently is being used as a strategy to serve young adults, age 16-24, who have re-engaged in education in an effort to obtain a high school diploma or equivalency. IntroductionRelated story. (April 15)

Don’t Quit On Me – What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships
GradNation – America’s Promise Alliance

This report examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving and returning to high school. Introduction. (September 2015, posted April 12)