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High School graduation rates over the last decade have shown significant improvements as state and local reforms begin to take hold, and the number of dropout factory high schools is declining. Some states, school districts, and schools have made real progress, thus shattering the myth that only incremental gains are possible. The overall national picture is still troubling with more than one million public high school students still failing to graduate with their class every year.
The rate of progress – 3 percentage points – is too slow to reach the national goal of having 90 percent of students graduate from high school and obtain at least one year of post-secondary schooling or training by 2020. Over the next 10 years, the nation will need to accelerate its progress in boosting high school graduations rates fivefold from the rates achieved through 2008. (page 7)
Among other ways to confront this epidemic is the effective use of technology.
• New Education Options Based on Student and Community Needs and Interests. Over the last decade, public education leaders and policymakers, social entrepreneurs, youths serving organizations, foundations, and others have transformed the traditional high school experience; making schooling more personalized and relevant, while developing stronger pathways to college and the workforce. Different organizations and formats for teaching and learning have been tried, including public charter schools, early college high schools, theme-based schools (with STEM and high-quality career focuses), well-designed small schools, computerized virtual schools, and schools with special hours for working students. (page 11)