"In the Seattle district, 67.6 percent of high school students graduated on time, below the national average of 70 percent but above most others in the 14-page "Cities in Crisis" report released by the nonprofit America's Promise Alliance.
Another Western school district in Mesa, Ariz., topped the list with a 77.1 percent graduation rate.Detroit had the lowest graduation rate, 24.9 percent, among the 50 surveyed cities, while districts in Indianapolis, Cleveland and Baltimore, all had rates below 35 percent. The report analyzed public school data from the 2003-2004 school year. "
Overall, this country is losing about 1 million students a year to dropping out. Colin Powell calls that "catastrophic". I'd agree. Here's one good reason why this kind of report never makes a lot of sense:
"Researchers used school enrollment and diploma data, but did not use data on dropouts as part of its calculation."
What? Did not use data on dropouts? Well, that may be because each state, like Washington for example, loves to putz around with its numbers so that it likely varies so much from state to state that it's useless. But maybe the question isn't how many drop out (it's already a huge number) but why they do.
"The (non-profit Ameria's) Promise Alliance now plans to hold meetings across the country to address low graduation rates. Seattle and Tacoma have already indicated interest in hosting gatherings."