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Stop the Drop is a GPB education initiative that’s dedicated to preventing high school dropouts. Stop the Drop works with organizations across the state, as well as schools, educators and communities to help bring students the resources and encouragement they need to be successful throughout their high school careers. GPB’s initiative aims to decrease the dropout rate by raising awareness and supporting students throughout the state of Georgia. According to Georgia Department of Education data, Georgia’s 2015 high school graduation rate rose significantly, from ​72.5 percent in 2014 to 78.8 percent in 2015. This represents the fourth straight increase in the state’s graduation rate. However, there is still important work to do. Many counties in Georgia are still reporting alarming dropout rates and Georgia still ranks 6th worst in the nation. 

Resources:

A New Majority Research Bulletin: Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation's Public Schools
 
EIGHTEEN ISN’T ENOUGH: Eighteen States Boast High School Graduation Rates Above 85 Percent, According to New U.S. Department of Education Data - Alliance for Excellent Educaton
 
2015 Building a Grad Nation Report -  Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance,, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University
 
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

Meet past winners of our Stop the Drop video challenge!

Watch GPB's Emmy award-winning PSA for Stop the Drop: