5 Compelling Facts About High School Dropout Rates

May 18, 2015

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These alarming statistics validate how critical our work is here at Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. We know we’re changing lives. Let’s not forget that when we help students of any age finish high school, we’re impacting our whole society in a positive way!

  1. Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day.
  2. About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time.
  3. The U.S., which had some of the highest graduation rates of any developed country, now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries.
  4. A high school dropout will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over his lifetime. And almost a million dollars less than a college graduate.
  5. In the U.S., high school dropouts commit about 75% of crimes.

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