America's high schools play an integral role in preparing students for college and work in the 21st century. High school success is more important than ever for the health of our economy, for civic life, and to ensure equal opportunity.

The NGA Center convened a Task Force on State High School Graduation Data to make recommendations about how states can develop a high-quality, comparable high school graduation measure, as well as complementary indicators of student progress and outcomes and data systems capable of collecting, analyzing, and reporting the data states need. The task force members found substantial consensus on which to build their findings and recommendations.

Governors, chief state school officers, higher education executive officers, legislators, state boards of education, district officials, principals, and teachers together  are leading the charge to create better systems and methods of collecting, analyzing and reporting graduation and dropout data.