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Incomplete: How Middle Class Schools Aren't Making the Grade

by Tess Stovall and Deirdre Dolan

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If you discovered that only one in four graduates from a typical middle-class high school earns a college degree, would you be alarmed?

That’s the reality. Third Way’s new report, “Incomplete: How Middle Class Schools Aren’t Making the Grade,” finds that middle-class students are underperforming and underachieving. Yet, they are forgotten in the current policy debate. And while having middle-class schools produce students that are ready to compete and lead in today’s economy is imperative for America’s future economic growth, they are currently falling short of this goal.

This report should be a national wake-up call to improve and modernize middle-class schools.

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