11 Facts About Education in America

1. Our nation’s education assessment is largely derived from graduation rate. Every year, only 69% of American high school seniors earn their diploma.

2. 30 years ago, America was the leader in quantity and quality of high school diplomas. Today, our nation is ranked 18th out of 23 industrialized countries.

3. 1.3 million high school students don't graduate on time yearly. States with highest rates (80-89%) are Wisconsin, Iowa, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. States with lowest (less than 60%) are Nevada, New Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia and S. Carolina.

4. The 6 million high schoolers in the bottom 25% of their class are 20 times more likely to drop out than their peers in the top 25%.

5. If the 1.3 million dropouts from the Class of 2010 had graduated, the nation would have seen $337 billion more in earnings over the course of the students’ lifetimes.

6. Approximately 6 million students, grades 7 through 12, are struggling to read at grade-level. Among the highest, 70% of 8th graders read below the standard.

7. Teacher quality is one of the most significant factors related to student achievement. In the U.S., 14% of new teachers resign by the end of their first year, 33% leave within their first 3 years, and almost 50% leave by their 5th year.

8. In the workplace, 85% of current jobs and 90% of new jobs require some or more college or post-secondary education.

9. Roughly half of the students who enter a 4-year school will receive a bachelor’s degree within 6 years.

10. In schools made up of 75% or more low-income students, there are 3 times the number of out-of-field teachers than in wealthier school districts.

11. High schools are not preparing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel after graduation. Only 1 in 4 high school students graduate college-ready in the 4 core subjects of English, reading, math and science.

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