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.
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.