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Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic.

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The central message of this report is that some states and school districts are raising their high school graduation rates with scalable solutions in the public schools, showing the nation they can end the high school dropout crisis. America made progress not only in suburbs and towns, but also in urban districts and in states across the South. Progress in states and school districts has often been the result of rising to a standard of excellence--with clear goals and expectations from the state to the classroom, by challenging all students with a more rigorous curriculum to obtain a meaningful diploma that prepares them for college and work, and through a targeted approach sustained over time that provides extra supports to the school leaders, teachers and students who need them the most. Progress was not the result of a magic bullet, but a weave of multiple reform efforts, sustained, integrated, and improved over time. Important progress is being made on a range of reforms, policies, and practices at all levels that will help ensure more students graduate from high school, ready for college and productive work. Although this is producing real results, including an increase in the national graduation rate, the pace is too slow to meet the national goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020. States and school districts must calibrate their educational system to the greater demands of the 21st century through a Civic Marshall Plan to make more accelerated progress in boosting student achievement, high school graduation rates, and college- and career-readiness for the nation to meet national goals and fulfill the promise of the next generation. Appendices include: (1) Change in Number of Dropout Factory High Schools; (2) Pearson Foundation Roundtable Participants; and (3) State Graduation Rate Goals. A bibliography is included. (Contains 104 footnotes.)

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Author:Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Moore, Laura A.; Fox, Joanna Hornig
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2010
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