High School Attainment

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K-12 Indicators: High School Attainment

Failure to finish high school is related to a number of negative outcomes for students, the workforce, and the economy. Those who drop out are less likely to be employed and generally earn lower wages when they are employed. High school dropouts may increase the state’s financial burdens in numerous ways—through higher rates of crime and incarceration, increased use of welfare and social services, greater dependence on public health care systems, and the loss of potential earnings and economic activity.

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