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Status of Urban Education on a National Level

The Condition of Education 2010

  • In general, the status dropout rates for Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics declined between 1980 and 2008. In 2008, foreign-born Hispanics dropped out at a higher rate than native born Hispanics, while the opposite trend held for native-born Whites, Blacks, and persons of two or more races.
  • In 2006–07, about three-quarters of the 2003–04 freshman class graduated from high school on time with a regular diploma.
  • The rate of college enrollment immediately after high school completion increased from 49% in 1972 to 67% in 1997 and ranged between 62-69%  through 2008. Gaps in immediate enrollment rates by family income, parents’ education, and race/ethnicity have persisted over time.

Aud, S., and Hannes, G. (Eds.) (2010). The Condition of Education 2010 in Brief (NCES 2010-029). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, Retrieved on 6/23/10 from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2010/2010029.pdf


No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

“The purpose of this title is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.”

Read the complete policy.