Globalization and technological advances have increased the importance of a high school degree,
academic skills, and career preparation for achieving labor market success. Fortunately, the high
school graduation rate has increased in recent years, but high school dropouts and others with few
skills still face dire circumstances. They are disproportionately disconnected from work, more likely
to live in chronic poverty, and at greater risk for criminal behavior.
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