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Study finds progress on ‘dropout factories’

November 30, 2010

The authors of an alarming 2006 report on dropout rates say there appears to be some progress in getting more students to graduate from high school.

Civic Enterprises, a Washington, D.C. policy firm, popularized the term “dropout factories” in its report “The Silent Epidemic,” which spurred state and federal officials to take action to curb high dropout rates, especially in some urban US high schools.

Education Week reports on new findings from the group that suggest a slight increase overall in the national graduation rate and a decrease in so-called “dropout factories,” where as many as 60 percent of students fail to graduate.

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