- Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day.
- About a quarter of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time.
- The U.S., which had one of the highest graduation rates of any developed country, now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries.
- The dropout rate has dropped 3 percent from 1990 to 2010 (12.1 percent to 7.4 percent).
- The percentage of Latino students who graduate have significantly increased. In 2010, 71.4 percent received their diploma vs. the 61.4 percent in 2006.
- Asian-American and white students are still far more likely to graduate than Latino and African-American students.
- A high school dropout will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over his lifetime. And almost a million dollars less than a college graduate.
- In the U.S., high school dropouts commit about 75 percent of crimes.
- In 2010, 38 states had higher graduation rates. Vermont had the highest rate, with 91.4 percent graduating. And Nevada had the lowest with 57.8 percent of students graduating.
- Almost 2,000 high schools across the U.S. graduate less than 60 percent of their students.
- These “dropout factories” account for over half of the students who leave school every year.
- 1 in 6 students attend a dropout factory. 1 in 3 minority students (32 percent) attend a dropout factory, compared to 8 percent of white students.
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National Center for Education Statistics
Alliance for Excellent Education
Wall Street Journal
US Department of Education