Grad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2020-2021 Annual Update

dc.contributor.authorAtwell, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorBalfanz, Robert
dc.contributor.authorManspile, Eleanor
dc.contributor.authorByrnes, Vaughan
dc.contributor.authorBridgeland, John M.
dc.date.accessioned2023-03-07T14:23:25Z
dc.date.available2023-03-07T14:23:25Z
dc.date.issued2021-09
dc.descriptionFor over a decade, the GradNation campaign has focused the nation on improving high school graduation rates for all students to reach a 90 percent graduation rate equitably by 2020. Steady progress has been made, with 15 consecutive years of increasing graduation rates and, in 2019, the nation reached another all-time high graduation rate of 85.8 percent. Since 2000, 4.5 million more students have graduated from high school on-time rather than leaving school without a diploma. The first section of this report will explore these high school graduation trends across the nation in greater depth, examining progress to date. It also charts a path forward to realize the highly achievable gains necessary to reach a 90 percent graduation rate. Even more encouraging than national trends is the fact that progress has been driven by historically marginalized student populations. Black, Hispanic, and low-income students have all out-paced increases in the national graduation rate. Though shrinking, equity gaps do remain and reaching a 90 percent graduation rate with equity will require recommitting to improving outcomes for underserved students, including students with disabilities, English Learners, and students experiencing homelessness. In the second section, this report explores reaching a 90 percent graduation rate for all students, highlighting both the continued improvement of historically marginalized student subgroups and the equity gaps that linger. In addition, we analyze the high schools where on-time graduation remains elusive. Next year, the National Center of Education Statistics will release data on the class of 2022. The 2022 school year will be a watershed as it will provide data on the effect of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and on school systems’ progress in mitigating those disruptions. Students, educators, and policymakers continue to reckon with the pandemic and the challenges it has brought. The impact of the pandemic will be studied for years to come, but the next year’s data will help grow the understanding how schools weathered the crisis. For this reason, the work of the GradNation campaign is more important than ever before. States must use strong data to inform evidence-based decisions to support students as they continue to deal with the fallout from COVID-19. To help in this effort, the third section of this report shares data for states to develop Meeting the Moment Plans that center historically underserved students and communities, targeting the districts with the greatest level of student need and the highest concentration of students falling off-track to graduate. These data are based on 50 state profiles that accompany the release of this report and examine each state’s remaining challenge in graduating students ready for college and career. Throughout, the report also highlights best practice in improving high school graduation rates and college and career readiness, explores the emerging data on the impacts of COVID-19, and features evidence-based policy options.en_US
dc.description.abstractFor over a decade, the GradNation campaign has focused the nation on improving high school graduation rates for all students to reach a 90 percent graduation rate equitably by 2020. Steady progress has been made, with 15 consecutive years of increasing graduation rates and, in 2019, the nation reached another all-time high graduation rate of 85.8 percent. Since 2000, 4.5 million more students have graduated from high school on-time rather than leaving school without a diploma. The first section of this report will explore these high school graduation trends across the nation in greater depth, examining progress to date. It also charts a path forward to realize the highly achievable gains necessary to reach a 90 percent graduation rate. In the second section, this report explores reaching a 90 percent graduation rate for all students, highlighting both the continued improvement of historically marginalized student subgroups and the equity gaps that linger. In addition, we analyze the high schools where on-time graduation remains elusive. Throughout, the report also highlights best practice in improving high school graduation rates and college and career readiness, explores the emerging data on the impacts of COVID-19, and features evidence-based policy options.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAT&T The Allstate Foundationen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://jhir.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/68095
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectGrad Nationen_US
dc.subjectDropout Crisisen_US
dc.titleGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2020-2021 Annual Updateen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
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