For the first time in U.S. history, the nation’s high school graduation rate rose above 80 percent. This announcement was made at the GradNation Summit on April 28th in conjunction with the release of a new report, 2014 Building a GradNation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, from Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education.
GradNation is the campaign to increase the national high school graduation rate to 100%, with an intermediary goal of 90% set for 2020. The report confronts the real challenges we face in achieving this goal, especially when it comes to racial and socio-economic inequalities in our education system. The infographic below, tweeted by The Education Trust, clearly shows the disparity of graduation rates among different races. It also serves as a reminder for why we need to address the inequality of opportunities between schools and communities that are sometimes just a stone’s throw away from one another.