Infographic: The Cost of Dropping Out

Amidst the anxiety over U.S. students slipping in international math and science rankings, there is a more crippling epidemic plaguing education in America: abysmal high school graduation rates. While there is an outpouring of concern over how American students fare on tests, we seem to have forgotten about the students who don’t even make it to the test.

The infographic below is a frightful illustration of how a student dropping out of high school affects us all.

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The numbers are undoubtedly crushing, but thankfully there is one straightforward way to stem this tide of loss. Study after study has indicated that the greatest factor in a student’s success is his or her teacher. Simply put: We need more great teachers. Thanks to Social Work License Map for helping out!

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(Infographic illustrated by Francesca Greggs)