Report: Prioritizing the Nation’s Dropout Factories
Report » Prioritizing the Nation’s Dropout Factories
Alliance for Excellent Education
The crisis is neither silent nor invisible: one in three high school students do not graduate,1 and more than half of those dropouts are produced by just 12 percent of high schoolsa-schools commonly known as ―dropout factories,‖ where just 60 percent or fewer of entering freshman progress to their senior year three years later.2 Although it‘s a concentrated problem, with a small number of schools producing a large share of dropouts, it is not a localized one. Dropout factories are located in every state; in urban, suburban, rural, and small-town America; in large high schools and small. Their one unifying characteristic, however, is that they disproportionately serve our nation‘s poor and minority students.