News and Updates
Every 26 seconds in America
State Farm has launched a campaign to address the statistic that in America a student drops out of high school every 26 seconds. The campaign encourages teens to make graduation a priority so they become more than a statistic.
New Education and the Economy Report.:
Boosting Missouri's Economy by Improving High School Graduation Rates
The Alliance for Excellent Education analyzed the economies of all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine the economic benefits that states could see by improving high school graduation rates.
"Yes We Can" Report Reveals Black Male Graduation Rate
The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education reveals the overall 2007/8 graduation rate for African-American males in the U.S. was only 47 percent.
Diploma Now Presentation Available
America's Promise has developed a presentation about its Diploma Now and First Focus initiative. This is helpful information to help reduce the number of students dropping out of school. Feel free to use with credit to America's Promise when using in presentations.
- Presentation (pdf)
GED Rates Studied
A report by the Pew Hispanic Center found that 1 in 10 Hispanic students who drop out of high school go on to earn a General Equivalency Development degree. Using data from the Census Bureau, researchers found that fewer Hispanic students earn a GED credential than white or black droputs. Black students earned a GED at a rate of 2 in 10. For white students, the rate is 3 in 10.
This 30-minute, award-winning documentary produced for the Kansas City Dropout Prevention Summit by the City Commissions Office focuses on the plight of Vanessa, a young Kansas City woman whose decision to drop out of high school has left her unprepared to compete in today's society.
Dropping Out Proves Costly for Students and Taxpayers
Dropping out of high school carries a heavy price not only for students, but also for taxpayers a new study shows.
Change to the Compulsory Attendance Age
Effective August 28, 2009, the compulsory attendance age is 17 years of age or having successfully completed 16 credits toward high school graduation.