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Town Hall Statistics, Data and Resources
Click the links below for statistical information regarding America’s dropout crisis.
• Each year, 1.3 million high school students drop out of school in the U.S. That’s one student dropping out every 26 seconds.
That means about 49,000 students, equaling half the population of Albany, drops out each week.
• Each year the high school dropout crisis costs our nation more than $300 billion in lost wages and taxes, plus increased social costs related to crime and healthcare.
• General Sample and Analysis of High School Graduation Rates in our region
Times Union article, June 15, 2011
• Differentiated Sample of High School Graduation Rates in our region
Sampling by Race and Ethnicity based on NYS Education Department Statistics
• Overall, 22% of children who have lived in poverty do not graduate from high school compared to 6% of those (children) who have never been poor.
The dropout rate rises to 32% for students spending more than half their childhood in poverty.
• One in six children who are not reading proficiently by the third grade fails to graduate from high school on time.
The dropout rate for non-proficient readers in the third grade is four times the rate of children reaching proficiency.
• School to Prison Pipeline Statistics
On any given day, 1 in 10 young males, dropout, is in jail, or in juvenile detention. Nearly 1 of 4 black male dropouts is incarcerated or otherwise institutionalized and 60% of those who are incarcerated in federal prisons are high school dropouts.
• Additional Data Related to Poverty
Times Union, September 23, 2011: Albany Poverty Widens
Additional Data Related to High School Graduation Rates in NYS
• For all NYS students by school district and cohort
• By Economic Status
• By English Language Learner Status
• Overall by Subgroup for Schools and Districts