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

New York: Small school, big results

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…

Dropout reform vs. academic standards

Thomas Toch This story was published online as part of a special report by Washington Monthly magazine that was guest edited by Richard Lee Colvin, editor of…

Small schools are still beautiful

Thomas Toch This story was published online as part of a special report by Washington Monthly magazine that was guest edited by Richard Lee Colvin, editor of…

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