Every school year, about 1.2 million students drop out of our nation’s high schools, leaving almost one of every three freshmen without a high school degree four years later. While roughly 70 percent of all high school students graduate on time, African American, Hispanic, and American Indian and Alaska Native students have only a 58 percent or less chance of graduating from high school with a regular diploma. In addition – and contrary to the model minority myth – many Asian Americans also face barriers in education.
The Campaign for High School Equity’s inaugural publication, A Plan for Success: Communities of Color Define Policy Priorities for High School Reform, makes a compelling case for the need to invest in high schools and provides a blueprint for meaningful reform. Its recommendations include a call to:
- Make all students proficient and prepared for college and work;
- Hold high schools accountable for student success;
- Redesign the American high school;
- Provide students with the excellent leaders and teachers they need to succeed;
- Invest communities in student success; and
- Provide equitable learning conditions for all students.
Download the plan at: http://www.highschoolequity.org/files/PlanforSuccess_0.pdf