A new report (“Closing the Graduation Gap“) issued by America’s Promise Alliance, a strategic outreach partner of Corporate Voices for Working Families, was featured in an informative article in The New York Times written by Sam Dillon, “Large Urban-Suburban Gap Seen in Graduation Rates.”

Here’s from the article:

It is no surprise that more students drop out of high school in big cities than elsewhere. Now, however, a nationwide study shows the magnitude of the gap: the average high school graduation rate in the nation’s 50 largest cities was 53 percent, compared with 71 percent in the suburbs.

But that urban-suburban gap, which in part is due to hundreds of failing city schools that some researchers call dropout factories, was far wider in some areas.

The article continues:

 As a whole, the nation’s graduation rate improved by a few percentage points over the same decade, to 71 percent from 66 percent, the study said.

But Marguerite Kondracke, the executive director of the alliance, said the pace of progress remained disappointing.

“We don’t have time as a nation for incremental change,” Ms. Kondracke said. “Just over half the students in our big cities are graduating from high school, and that’s unacceptable.”

Research findings, reports and other information about workforce readiness are available on the Corporate Voices for Working Families Web site.