Our Goal: Increase the nation’s on-time high school graduation rate to 90% for the class of 2020

The GradNation campaign provides those working to increase high school graduation rates with data, best practices and opportunities to connect and learn from one another.

 


  • 70% or less
  • 70% to 75%
  • 75% to 80%
  • 80% to 85%
  • 85% to 90%
  • 90% or more

2017 Building a Grad Nation Report

This report explores progress and challenge in raising high school graduation rates. 

Co-Authored by:

Civic Enterprises & Everyone Graduates Center

READ THE REPORT

2017 Building a Grad Nation Report
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The class of 2020 won’t make it to 90% without closing gaps for key sub-groups.

To reach 90% we must close the gaps in the graduation rates of Black/African-American students, Hispanic/Latino students, English-language learners, low-income students & students with disabilities. The closer we get the harder it gets, so there is room for everyone to make a difference.  

SEE GRADUATION RATES STATE BY STATE

How to get involved

The GradNation campaign promotes work being done by leaders in every state and creates opportunities for the people doing the work to share their insights and support each other.

GradNation Community Summits bring together leaders from all sectors to examine local data, identify challenges and what’s working, and explore best practices for supporting young people.

Have insights about what's working to improve graduation rates in your community?

We would love to hear from you! Please tell us what you have learned. 

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News from the Campaign

Caring adults are the core of Colorado Uplift’s work, which serves Denver’s at-risk and disconnected youth by connecting them with long-term and life-changing mentors. What makes these mentors special? They are employed as full-time staff members and available to help 24/7/365.
This story is part of the “90 for All” series, which examines the challenges facing traditionally underserved students, particularly low-income and homeless students, English language learners, studen
For the second year in a row, the United States remains off pace to reach a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate by 2020, according to the 2017 Building a Grad Nation  report.
Hilda Ramirez strongly believes that “the answers to the problems that communities face lies within the people who are affected by the challenges.” Ramirez is the assistant director of the Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University, a partnership of community leaders that provides outcome-based development programs in education, literacy, leadership, civic engagement, and health.
 

CAMPAIGN CONVENERS

America's Promise Alliance launched the campaign in 2010 and leads it today, in partnership with Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center at the John Hopkins University School of Education, and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

 
America's Promise Alliance
Everyone Graduates Center
Civic Enterprises
Alliance for Excellent Education