Report finds decline in number of US "dropout factories"
A report released today by America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center shows that high schools across the country have made strides in retaining and graduating students in recent years.
Highlights of the report include:
The report found that nationwide, the number of “dropout factory” high schools fell by 13 percent – from 2,007 in 2002 to 1,746 in 2008. The report also found that across the country, the number of high schools where 40 percent or more of the students fail to graduate fell significantly from 2002 to 2008, according to analysis of government data. And, nationwide, the U.S. graduation rate increased from 72 percent in 2002 to 75 percent in 2008
The report also found that in Maryland:
The number of “dropout factory” high schools increased by 10 – from 17 in 2002 to 27 in 2008; and the state's graduation rate increased from 79.7 percent in 2002 to 80.4 percent in 2008.