A recent analysis from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center shows that the national high school graduation rate in 2008 was at 71.7 percent, this being the most recent year available. This data shows that this is the highest America’s graduation rate has been since the 1980′s.
While it is great to see the graduation rate climbing, it is still a wonder why 28.3 percent of high school students are still dropping out. With the No Child Left Behind Act put into effect, it is difficult for students to fail out of school. The opportunities are there for students to achieve greater things, yet many still fall between the cracks. The EPE Research Center estimated that about 1.2 million member’s of graduating classes this year will not receive diplomas. This means that once every 27 seconds a member of the class of 2011 will dropout of high school.
On the up side, the majority of American students are graduating with high school diplomas. It is better to see an improvement, than a decline in graduates. With the hopes that high school graduation rates continue to climb, America can rest easy knowing our future just might become a little brighter.