The next generation of high school graduates is entering their first year of high-stakes testing and, for the first time in a generation, is facing the prospect of having to make tough decisions about whether to graduate.
That means, for many of them, making tough choices that are not based on the facts or evidence but based on what is popular in the classroom, according to a new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Parents and Friends of Public School Teachers (PFSPT).
The report, which was released today, notes that in the 2015-16 school year, more than 60 percent of American high school students were in the fourth grade, and only a quarter of them graduated from high school.
In the 2015 grade, only 6.4 percent of students were graduating from high schools, the report notes.
For many of those students, those numbers could change, however.
The new report finds that only about a third of students graduating from the first year in a new high school will go on to graduate in the following school year.
That would make graduating high school less than a decade from now a “possibility” for many.
“Our report is based on students who have graduated in the current school year and the students who are entering the next school year,” said Patricia Smith, executive director of PFSPT.
“But we have found that the most challenging and impactful decisions are being made by those students who aren’t graduating, because they haven’t graduated yet.”
As the report states, the decision to graduate is not necessarily a decision to leave school behind.
For example, the first-year grade in 2016-17 had nearly double the number of students in the eighth grade as in the first.
But the data also suggests that some students are being let down.
For example, in the 2016-2017 school year nearly 50 percent of the students in a first-grade class of five graduating in the fall had no experience in high school and only 21 percent had completed high school in the past.
The report finds:Most students graduating in a year with less than two years of experience in a particular high school have more difficult decisions to make, such as deciding whether to transfer, leave school early, or enroll in a career and technical education program.
And some students may be forced to make difficult choices in order to be eligible for the government-subsidized federal Pell Grant or the Pell Grants, or to receive financial aid from private schools.
The report says that even if students complete their high school equivalency program (HEAP) or other high school equivalent programs, there are more difficult choices to make.
For instance, for those who have completed HEAP, students with the lowest GPAs, or who are less likely to complete an associate’s degree, may be more likely to decide not to attend school for the year.
The PFSpt report also says that students who don’t graduate high school are also more likely than students who graduate high are to receive Pell Grants or federal loans.
And, the PFS PT report also states that students entering the first grade with a high school diploma are more likely that students graduating with a low school diploma to be offered scholarships or other aid from their school.
“We have seen this with high school diplomas,” said Smith.
“If a student is an incoming freshman, for instance, they may not be able to take advantage of that in terms of scholarships or financial aid.”
For students who receive financial help from private school or other non-profit organizations, they are more than likely to be better prepared for the next round of testing.
For students whose parents work in the private sector, the data shows that the chances of a graduation are lower.
The study says that of the 4.4 million students in public school districts, only 1.6 percent of them have had the opportunity to receive a Pell Grant, and the number drops to 0.3 percent for students who work in private sector occupations.
But for students whose families work in non-profits, the chances for graduation are not as low.
Only 1.3 of the 3.4 billion students in private school districts have had a Pell Award, and a smaller 0.1 percent for the same group work in nonprofit and religious organizations.
According to the PESTS report, in addition to the financial aid available from non-government organizations, students who do not graduate high School have more trouble finding jobs.
While they are most likely to get hired in professions like law enforcement, social work, and engineering, they’re also less likely than those who do graduate to find a job that matches their skill set, including technical, technical, and business fields.
And the report says the odds of finding a job matching the skill set are higher for students graduating high School than for students not graduating high.
For these reasons, parents and friends of public school teachers say that it is critical that students are taught how to make their own decisions.
For these reasons it is imperative that students know that a diploma is a choice, said