A press release based on a report released on Feb. 25, 2013 by Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins School of Education, America's Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education indicates that the goal of 90 percent graduation rates for United States high school students is on target and attainable by 2020.
The study examined graduation rates in the years from 2006 to 2010.
Hispanic graduation rates increased by ten percent. African Americans graduated from high school at a seven percent increased rate.
The report credits the closing of so-called "dropout factories" by 29 percent as the most prominent factor in increasing the high school graduation rate by over one million students in the last ten years.
The states in the “South” demonstrated the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates and the largest closing of “dropout factories”.
The report credits both the Bush and Obama administrations as well as state government and educators with the progress made to date. Over 78 percent of high school students graduated in 2011.
Impending and undecided sequester cuts may affect high school graduation rates substantially because the cumulative effort was the result of federal and sates tax dollars.
The benefits of high school graduation include a higher potential for getting a job, the potential for going to college, and an increased level of self-esteem based on a demonstrated accomplishment.