Diplomas Count: Ready for What? Preparing for College, Careers and Life After High School

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Editorial Projects in Education Research Center/Education Week

Today’s high school graduates will need at least some college education in order to land decent-paying jobs, and those without a high school diploma will face increasingly bleak labor-market prospects, according to this report examining the relationship between educational attainment and earnings at state and national levels.The report includes an analysis of graduation rates nationwide and finds that an estimated 1.23 million students – approximately 30 percent of the class of 2007 – will fail to graduate with their peers.

The study is part of the multiyear Graduation Project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Free online. (301) 280-3100, http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2007/06/12/index.html.