dropouts

  • Twenty percent of students leave high school without graduating according to a report released today from GradNation, a campaign of America’s Promise Alliance. But why? Photo by Flickr user Milken Community Schools
    May 20, 2014   BY Elizabeth Jones 
    [caption id="attachment_103650" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Twenty percent of students leave high school without graduating according to a report released today from GradNation, a campaign of America’s Promise Alliance. But why? Photo by Flickr user Milken Community Schools Twenty percent of students leave high school without graduating according to a report released today from GradNation, a campaign of America’s Promise Alliance. But why? Photo by Flickr user Milken Community Schools[/caption]

    While a report released earlier this year shows the U.S. has reached a record milestone achievement of an 80 percent graduation rate, GradNation and The Center for Promise at Tufts University set out to understand why young people leave high school before graduation, investigating experiences that lead them astray in a new report released today. Continue reading

  • September 28, 2012  

    How does violence affect students’ ability to learn? That’s what eighth-grader De’Qonton Davis and his classmates set out to investigate as part of the NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs project in partnership with PBS station WEDU in Tampa. The students produced a unique video report that they hope President Obama will see. Continue reading

  • July 5, 2012  

    In his second report from South Texas, special correspondent John Merrow explores from the students’ perspective how early college programs are encouraging youth to stay in high school. Continue reading

  • May 21, 2012  

    Since 1994, YouthBuild has trained 110,000 high school dropouts around the country to put up houses for their community and think critically in the classroom while earning their GEDs or diplomas. As part of the American Graduate series, Paul Solman reports on a program designed to keep kids learning inside and outside of class. Continue reading

  • May 16, 2012  

    How does violence affect students’ ability to learn? That’s what eighth-grader De’Qonton Davis and his classmates set out to investigate as part of the NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs project in partnership with PBS station WEDU in Tampa. The students produced a unique video report that they hope President Obama will see. Continue reading

  • April 25, 2012  

    In Shelbyville, Ind., Melissa Lakes and the Student Achievement Center provide at-risk students with technology-enhanced hands-on learning. But it wasn’t always like that. Part of the American Graduate project, Learning Matters’ John Tulenko profiles one school district that wholly responded to its “dropout nation” epithet. Continue reading

  • April 17, 2012  

    Trying to entice wayward students back to class in Las Vegas, Chaparral High School Principal David Wilson led teams into communities to knock on doors in search of dropouts. Ray Suarez reports on an offbeat approach starting to show some signs of success in a city that ranks near the bottom in the nation for graduation rates. Continue reading

  • March 21, 2012  

    Students with learning differences are twice as likely as their peers to drop out of high school, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Betty Ann Bowser visited an elementary school that practices early intervention — engaging students with technology and art to improve their chances of earning a diploma. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2012  

    A growing number of state legislatures are using driving privileges as an incentive to keep students from dropping out of high school. States’ laws vary, but the general premise is the same: If a student wants to stay on the road, he or she must stay in school. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • February 2, 2012  

    Photographer and University of California, Santa Barbara professor Richard Ross has spent five years documenting juvenile detention facilities throughout the nation. In his own words, Ross explains what he’s seen. This report is part of NewsHour’s American Graduate series on the U.S. dropout crisis. Continue reading

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