The Herald-Leader reports that a new Education Trust study shows kids across the country are less likely to graduate from high school today than their parents. In fact, the opening words of Ed Trust’s new study are chilling: “The United States is the only industrialized country in the world in which today’s young people are less likely than their parents to have completed high school.”
Coming close on the heels of our new report on math and reading gaps and graduation rate gaps for whites and blacks in Louisville, it is clear that people around the country are finally waking up to the very serious nature of the public school high school graduation rate problem.
According to the Ed Trust, across the United States blacks only had a 59 percent graduation rate while whites only graduated at a rate of 81 percent in 2006.
Our report uses a different formula and year to report graduation rates, so direct comparison to the Ed Trust figures probably wouldn’t be very accurate; but, the overall message is clear. In too many cases in Louisville high schools, graduation rates for both whites and blacks are actually declining. Now, it appears that trend is a general feature of public schools across the country.
For the sake of our kids futures, and for the future of the nation overall, this simply cannot be allowed to continue.
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