Nationwide, only about 70 percent of all high school students graduate on time, and graduation rates for poor and minority students are even lower. The failure to graduate every child prepared for the twenty-first century has serious consequences for individual students and their parents, but it also has major repercussions for American society at every level.
In an effort to provide more information about how high school students fare in a particular state, the
Alliance for Excellent Education has created state reference cards for all fifty states and the that provide statistical snapshots of high schools in each state, including data on graduation rates, college readiness, academic achievement, and teachers' salaries. Where applicable, statewide numbers are compared to the national average and include national rankings. (from the Alliance For Excellent Education) District of Columbia