11 Facts About High School Dropout Rates

1. 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.

2. About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time.

3. The U.S., which had some of the highest graduation rates of any developed country, now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries.

4. The dropout rate has fallen 3% from 1990 to 2010 (12.1% to 7.4%).

5. The percentage of Latino students who graduate have significantly increased. In 2010, 71.4% received their diploma vs. the 61.4% in 2006. Asian-American and white students are still far more likely to graduate than Latino and African-American students.

6. 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.

7. In 2010, 38 states had higher graduation rates. Vermont had the highest rate, with 91.4% graduating. And Nevada had the lowest with 57.8% of students graduating.

8. Almost 2,000 high schools across the U.S. graduate less than 60% of their students.

9. These “dropout factories” account for over 50% of the students who leave school every year.

10. 1 in 6 students attend a dropout factory. 1 in 3 minority students (32%) attend a dropout factory, compared to 8% of white students.

11. In the U.S., high school dropouts commit about 75% of crimes.

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