Learn

Communities are working together to improve 21st century learning and increase high school graduation rates to prepare more students for college and careers. Click here to read more about the American Graduate Initiative and what your community is doing to help.

Town Hall

Watch the WMHT American Graduate Town Hall program.

Teacher Wall

Watch teacher interviews to hear what local teachers have to say about education.

Student Interviews

See what students have to say about the drop out crisis.

Youth Media

See youth media made by our student reporters, and learn about the American Graduate Youth Voices project.

WMHT Talks Education

Learn more about the WMHT Talks Education initiative.

American Graduate Day 2013

Learn about the live broadcast and outreach event that took place September 28th, 2013.

Statistics, Data and Resources

Click the links below for statistical information regarding America’s dropout crisis.

American Graduate Facts• Today, more than one million children do not graduate high school with their peers.

 

American Graduate FactsAt least 1 in 5 young adults is not earning a high school diploma, with the numbers closer to 1 in 3 for African-American and Hispanic students, particularly males.

 

American Graduate Facts

• U.S. High School Averaged Freshman Graduation Rates (AFGR), by Race and Ethnicity, 2006-2010

Source: Stillwell, R., and Sable, J. (2013). Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year  2009–10: First Look (Provisional Data) (NCES 2013-309). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for  Education Statistics.  - http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2013/2013309rev.pdf

American Graduate Facts• Since fall 2011, nearly 1,700 hours of national and local content have been produced through American Graduate initiatives. 


American Graduate Facts• Although there has been progress in boosting graduation rates, the four-year graduation rate is still 66 percent or less for African American students in 20 states and for Hispanic students in 16 states.

 

American Graduate Facts• There are no states in which the graduation rate for white students is below 66 percent and only four states in which it is 75 percent or less.


American Graduate FactsFor students from low-income families, graduation rates are at 66 percent or less in 18 states.

 


American Graduate Facts• There are eleven states in which the graduation rate for white students is 89 percent or higher, but no state where this is true for African American, Hispanic, or economically disadvantaged students.



American Graduate Facts• There are 6.7 million 16-to-24-year-olds who are disconnected from school or work, about half of whom are high school dropouts.

 

American Graduate Facts• In New York State, 86% of White students of the class of 2011 graduated with their high school cohort. That number dropped to 64% for African American students and 63% for Hispanic students.

American Graduate Facts

The Graduation rate for African American and Hispanic students in NY State has improved by 12% points from 2006 – 2010. 



American Graduate Facts

New York would need to see an annual graduation rate improvement of 3.8% for African American students in order for 90% to graduate high school in 2020.  New York is currently at an annual improvement of 3.2%.

 

American Graduate Facts

New York would need to see an annual graduation rate improvement of 3.9% for Hispanic students in order to achieve 90% graduation rates in 2020. New York is currently at an annual improvement of 3.1%. 

 

American Graduate Facts

• In New York State, 35% of 8th grade students read at grade level. That is higher than the national number (32%) but still very low.

 


American Graduate FactsAdditional Data and Resources:
• National Center for Education Statistics
Building a Grad Nation Report
American Graduate CPB Report
every1graduates.org
All for Education
 Alliance for Quality Education College and Career Readiness Report Card