New report showcases lower dropout rates during White House Summit

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A new report released -- in partnership between Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center --shows fewer students are dropping out, which was released the same day of a national summit on next-generation high schools.

Progress is No Accident” shows nationally, dropout students have decreased from more than 1 million to fewer than 750,000—a decrease of approximately 25 percent from 2008 to 2012.

The shift coincides with stricter policies calling for greater accountability of schools with low graduation rates between 2008 and 2011. “Low graduation-rate schools”  are schools that fail to graduate more than one-third of their populations.

 Missouri has 11 low-graduation schools, while Illinois is over the national average with 51 schools. The report laid out specific recommendations that will allow positive change to continue, pointing to a maintained focus on these low-performing schools.

The report was released the same day the White House hosted a summit on Next Generation High Schools, concentrating on how schools can promote personalized learning, work-based learning experiences, and  expand STEM options for female and other underrepresented students in the fields. 

As part of this call to action, the Nine Network of Public Media, which leads public media’s American Graduate initiative nationally, will broadcast features about new approaches to high school education in our region and across the country.

In addition, stations’ will host community conversations. Nine Network and other participating public media stations work to provide PBS Learning Media resources to educators for use in classrooms, and they engage with students to create digital content focusing on education issues.

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