Every year, more than 1 million students—that’s 7,000 every school day—do not graduate from high school on time. Nationwide, only 69 percent of students earn their high school diplomas. Among minority students, only 56 percent of Hispanic, 54 percent of African American, and 51 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native students in the U.S. graduate with a regular diploma, compared to 77 percent of white students and 81 percent of Asian Americans.
The reason for the low national graduation rate and the gaps in the graduation rates between minority students and white students are numerous. In this section of the website, you can access more information about how this crisis came to exist. (from the About page of the Alliance for Excellent Education)
The Alliance for Excellent Education has been referenced at this blog before. But back-to-school time is great for looking at resources again. And, the Alliance for Excellent Education website is frequently updated with new reports and resources. For example, the Alliance has regular webinars, and if you can't make the webinar, you can always look at the archived videos.