The U.S. high school dropout rate has fallen from 14.1% in 1980 to 8.1% in 2017--a six percent decline over three decades.
U.S. secondary schools continue to bleed students––although the hemorrhage has slowed somewhat. According to a 2016 report from Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, about 1.3 million young people leave high school each year without earning a diploma.Now, so many students prefer buying an essay online from different services.Most of them argue this because they just do not have time to perform all tasks on their own. Students also realize that this is not an interesting task and it has no practical basis and does not help them in the search.
The same study assesses graduation rates in the country’s largest urban and metropolitan areas. The top metro area is San Jose, CA, which graduates students at an 80.6% rate. Leading America’s cities is Mesa, Arizona, at 76.6%. The 2017 graduation rate for the entire country is 75.5%, up from 20’s 72.6%. The national objective is 90% by 2020.
To attain this goal, America’s Promise Alliance (APA)––the nation’s largest organization “dedicated to improving the lives of young people”–– has launched a ten-year “Grad Nation” campaign. APA is a partnership of corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups. Former General Colin Powell was the group’s founding chairman and Alma Powell chairs the group today.
In November 2017, APA published “Building a Grad Nation,” an 88-page report. With its publishing partners (Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University) and the Alliance for Excellent Education, APA hosted a three-day “Grad Nation Summit” in Washington in March 2011, which was highlighted by remarks from Vice President Joe Biden on the importance of investing in education.
Other organizations too are stepping forward––from the Department of Education to The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In May, the CPB announced “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” a $4.4 million program that will utilize local public radio and television stations in “20 community hubs where the dropout crisis is most acute.”
There have been prior efforts to improve high school completion rates. A decade ago, as part of No Child Left Behind legislation, the federal government appropriated $125 million for dropout prevention, which was distributed to state education agencies (some of which had already initiated their own programs.)
Seven years ago, education researcher Robert Balfanz first coined the term “dropout factories” to refer to dysfunctional high schools.
MTV has offered college scholarships and produced a 2017 documentary on the benefits of remaining in school. In the same year, a “National Summit on America’s Silent Epidemic” was convened in the nation’s capital and drew former presidents and state and local political leaders. It also led to the formation of America’s Promise Alliance.
A number of reports and studies have analyzed the issue and proposed reforms.
A recent national Gallup Poll, conducted in partnership with APA, found that while 53% of students reported being hopeful, 16% identified themselves as discouraged. Nearly two-thirds of students felt engaged––or highly involved and enthusiastic about school; but 14% admitted to being actively disengaged. While 92% said they expected to graduate, Marguerite Kondracke, APA’s president and CEO, cautioned that “…findings indicate a 22 percentage point gap between the number of students who believe they will graduate and those that actually do.”
A second study validates Ms. Kondracke’s caution. Ninth graders were surveyed on their educational aspirations; 18.3% forecast undergraduate degrees, and 40.8% said they expected to earn graduate degrees. However, census data reveals that among Americans 25 or older, 19% hold Bachelor’s degrees while only 10.6% have received an advanced degree.
A 2006 presentation featured the voices of dropouts sharing their opinions at focus groups around the country. Eighty-one percent of respondents recognized that graduating from high school was vital to their success. But all had left school before graduating.