Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report

May 12, 2015

More young people are graduating from high school today than ever before—and gaps in graduation rates are closing—even as standards are rising. The credit for these gains goes to educators, students, parents and community partners. Yet we know that, in today’s knowledge-based economy, a high school diploma isn’t enough. So while we should be encouraged by projections like the one in this year’s Grad Nation report, we know that more hard work remains to truly prepare all—not just some—students for success in college, careers and life. Education must be the equalizer that can help overcome the odds stacked against too many of our students.

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The 2015 Building a Grad Nation report is released annually by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University. For more information about the report, go to www.GradNation.org/GradReport.