Getting to 90 percent would also increase annual earnings by $7.2 billion, raise annual spending by $5.3 billion and increase federal tax revenue by $1.1 billion, according to the new data.
Despite Progress, Graduation Gaps Remain
In December, the Department of Education announced that the national on-time graduation rate is at an all-time high, at 82.3 percent. And earlier in December, congress voted to replace No Child Left Behind with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which includes strong graduation rate accountability measures.
As the latestBuilding a GradNation report found, the bulk of that work involves helping students of color, students from low-income backgrounds and students with disabilities graduate on par with their peers. Of the nearly 20 percent of young people who drop out every year, a disproportionate number fall into these subgroups.
“The effects of poverty on today’s youth are staggering and now impact a majority—51 percent—of our nation’s [public school] students,” said Communities In Schools (CIS) President Dan Cardinali.
CIS has partnered with the Alliance for Excellent Education on The Graduation Effect, serving as a model for how nonprofits can work with schools to keep students, many of them low-income, from dropping out.
How Nonprofits Can Help
“The struggle of not having a high school diploma isn’t something I saw in a movie or read in a book. They were friends of mine. They were my parents,” San Antonio Councilman Ray Saldaña said.
“Finding a caring adult [who says] that you should believe in yourself, that you have so much potential, is what CIS did for me,” Saldana said. “CIS changed my trajectory because they had an individual who cared about me.”
Cardinali also stressed the importance of relationships in the lives of youth, especially for youth growing up in poverty.
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