Rising high school graduation rates are a hope spot in America and a critical first step out of poverty for millions of young people. For three decades since the 1970s, those rates flat-lined as millions of students left both high school and their dreams behind them.

This sixth annual report to the nation highlights the significant progress that has been made, but also the serious challenges that remain – closing gaping graduation gaps between various student populations; tackling the challenge in key states and school districts; and keeping the nation’s focus on ensuring that all students have an equal chance at the American Dream.

Read the report at http://gradnation.org/sites/default/files/18006_CE_BGN_Full_vFNL.pdf