High School Graduation

Individuals who drop out of school have fewer job prospects and lower salaries than people who have graduated from high school. They are also more often unemployed, more likely to depend on welfare, experience unstable marriages and spend time in prison (Baker, Sigmon & Nugent, 2001). Programs should compare the latest number and percentage of graduates/dropouts with previous time periods to determine whether a change is taking place. To measure this indicator, data can be collected from a variety of sources to include feedback from school administrators, parents, or student self reports. 

By Urban Institute


Source Cited

Baker, M. L., Sigmon, J. N., & Nugent, M. E. (September 2001). Truancy reduction: Keeping students in school. Juvenile Justice Bulletin. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Retrieved February 7, 2011.