American Graduate Marks Record Graduation Rate

May 9, 2016

Buoyed by the hard work of millions of students, parents, educators and community leaders and aided by public and private initiatives across the country, the high school graduation rate reached a record 82.3 percent in 2014, according to the 2016 Building a Grad Nation report from Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. The annual update cites public media’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen among the initiatives dedicated to ensuring that students graduate from high school, college and career ready.

Building a Grad Nation tracks progress toward a national goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. The 2016 report shows that the nation has slipped off the pace required to reach that goal. With programming such as 180 Days: Hartsville and The Homestretch, public media continues to help the nation understand the hardest-to-reach students and the challenges those students face.

The CPB-funded American Graduate initiative was launched in 2011 to improve understanding and community-based solutions to the dropout crisis. More than 100 public media stations have partnered with more than 1,700 organizations across the country to improve student outcomes and have raised more than $15 million in new local philanthropic support to continue this work.

Watch this video to learn more about how American Graduate is affecting communities: