Graduation rates are dramatically impacted by:

  1. Reading level at the end of third grade
  2. Having lived in a high-poverty neighborhood
  3. Experiencing family poverty

Policy and program strategies must be enacted in three arenas: schools, families and legislation on the federal, state and local levels.

January 1, 2012

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    The combined impact of reading proficiency and poverty on decreased high school graduation rates.

  2. 2

    Data and trends that reinforce that correlation.

  3. 3

    The causes of these problems and why they persist.

  4. 4

    Suggestions across several arenas to combat these issues.

Key Takeaway

There are several risk factors that lead to the likelihood of not graduating from high school

35% of children who were poor, lived in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and not reading proficiently failed to graduate high shcool on time.

There is a clear correlation between reading proficiency and poverty when it comes to high school graduation rates.

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