The Dropout Problem

Graduation rates at U.S. high schools have hovered around 70 percent for decades. But many urban and rural areas routinely graduate only 40 or 50 percent of their students. The dropout crisis in many cities is acute, with 2,000 high schools producing half of the nation’s dropouts. Cutting the dropout rate and turning around “dropout factories” are among the Obama administration’s priorities. But what strategies work? In collaboration with the Washington Monthly, we looked at how New York City, Philadelphia and Portland, Ore., have fared in their attempts to cut dropout rates. See all our Special Reports

Q&A with Russell Rumberger: Reaching college graduation goals starts with fixing the high school dropout problem

Russell Rumberger In America’s push for education reform, the college completion problem is now under the microscope. The Obama Administration’s goal, for instance, is to have 60…

For millions of college dropouts, second chances prove difficult

John McGee stands on the campus of Bossier Parish Community College, Sunday November 20, 2011, where he started his education two and a half years ago. He is…

High school students can make up credits online

A growing network of online classes is giving thousands of high school students a second or third chance to pass courses they need to graduate, from…

Solving the dropout problem?

Brett Rusnock can follow his students’ every move on his laptop: how much time they spend on computers each day at Houston’s Waltrip High School, their scores on quizzes, how…

Dropouts try to find their way back to school

Since he dropped out of high school at 17, Frederick Dixson has wanted to continue his education. Intermittently homeless, unemployed and locked up, he’s struggled in a variety of…

Students short on educational credits turn to ‘recovery’ programs

Tyce Johnson works on his credit recovery course at Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn. (Photo by Vadim Lavrusik) In high schools all over the country…

What can we do about the dropout problem?

This story was part of a special section of the July-August, 2010 edition of the Washington Monthly magazine that was guest edited by Richard Lee Colvin, editor of The Hechinger…

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New York City: Big gains in the Big Apple

This story was part of a special section of the July-August 2010 edition of Washington Monthly magazine that was guest-edited by Richard Lee Colvin, editor of The Hechinger Report.…

Philadelphia: After decades of effort, a decade of progress

This story was part of a special section of the July-August, 2010 edition of the Washington Monthly magazine that was guest edited by Richard Lee Colvin, editor of The…

Portland: All the advantages, nothing to show for it

This story was part of a special section of the July-August, 2010 edition of the Washington Monthly magazine that was guest edited by Richard Lee Colvin, editor of The…

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