Are high school diplomas really a ticket to college and work?
from Center for American Progress
By at least one measure — rising high school graduation rates — educational attainment in the United States is the highest it has ever been. Without subsequent increases in college graduation, youth employment and civic participation rates, however, questions persist around the quality of education that the high school diploma represents. And, in light of recent scandals regarding graduation rate inflation in places such as Washington, D.C., and other large school districts, a deeper understanding is needed about high school graduation that takes into account more than simply how many students receive a diploma.
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