New website offers research, resources on school dropout issue

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a national initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), today launched its new website to increase understanding about the nation's dropout crisis with features including a research center, video from public media stations around the country, and connections to more than 600 local partners.

The American Graduate Research Center is designed to include comprehensive research and analysis from leading experts in education to help quantify and qualify the scope of the dropout crisis. Categories of information available on the Research Center site include:

  • Indicators for being off track to graduate, including childhood poverty, 4th grade reading levels and 8th grade math levels
  • Statistics on high school graduation rates, such as state-by-state data on graduation rates and “Drop Out Factories” – low-performing high schools that graduate 60 percent or fewer students on time
  • Information about the outcomes that dropping out can have on state economies, such as lost earnings, housing implications, increased poverty and social service costs to the taxpayer.

Visitors to can also stream full-length public media programming and specials focused on the dropout crisis.