Each year, almost ONE-THIRD of
all public high school students—1.2 million—fail to graduate with their
class. That’s one student every 26
There are nearly 2,000 HIGH SCHOOLS with less than 50% graduation rates concentrated in 50 large cities in 15 primarily southern and southwestern states.
Over the past two decades, increased percentages of students have
completed high school (from 69% in 1980 to 84% in 2000). At the same time, among persons aged 25 or older, fewer Black and Hispanic students eventually complete.
(Bureau of the Census, Table