More dropout data – Cities in Crisis

Every 26 seconds, one American high school student drops out of school.

Today, America’s Promise Alliance , a collaborative dedicated to the well-being of children and youth and championed by Colin and Alma Powell, released the latest 16-page report about dropouts in the United States, entitled “Cities in Crisis: A Special Analytic Report on High School Graduation“. Nationally, previous reports have suggested that the graduation rate is roughly 70% across the nation (which means 1 in 3 students drops out of school!). This report suggests that in urban districts – cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas and Fresno – that the graduation rate is just 60% (or almost half of all students dropout). The data examined is from 2003-2004 and you can see how your city and school district perform with this interactive map from Ed Week. And, no doubt, the trend continues.

dropout map

The America’s Promise Alliance is traveling across the nation conducting dropout summits.

Let’s get involved and reverse this trend. Engaging students with the latest technology tools (Web 2.0, online resources, online courses, etc.) and teachers trained in learning how to use these technology tools is part of the answer.

Read the 313 newspaper articles about this report here.


5 Responses to “More dropout data – Cities in Crisis”

  1. 1 Heather Loy April 1, 2008 at 10:55 am

    While I will agree that the dropout rate overall IS increasing, which is horrible, I disagree with the numbers used to calculate these figures, especially as they apply to my state. In South Carolina, students who enter high school as freshmen have 4 years to receive their diploma and be counted as a graduate. If for some reason a student can’t finish in 4 years (for example, has to repeat a grade) but does eventually graduate and receive a high school diploma, he is still considered and counted as a dropout by the state! The reverse is also true, if a student graduates early (say in 3 years) he is also counted as a dropout! These are just a couple of the ridiculous rules and calculations that go into a schools dropout rate.

  2. 2 Amy Lovell April 2, 2008 at 5:00 am

    The Center for Truancy and Dropout Prevention is organizing the 1st Annual Tribal-State H.O.P.E. Gathering of Communities to keep out kids in school on May 21-22, 2008 at the Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. The timing of this report is exciting for those of us who are working diligently to develop collaborations to make a difference and a brighter future for our youth and families at risk. Our appreciation would be beyond words if you consider working with us in this endeavor as part of your summit stops.


    Amy Lovell

  3. 3 Amy Lovell April 2, 2008 at 5:21 am

    By the way, H.O.P.E. stands for Health, Outreach, Partnerships and Education. Please consider helping us make this gathering a success.

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