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Published on Jan 16, 2018
Among the 1.5 million students who are in the top half of their high school class, more than 500,000 do not complete a postsecondary certificate or college degree. This new research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown CEW) also shows that almost all of these students attempt college and only have debt to show for it.
This loss of 500,000 students equates to around one-third of the top performing students (above 1000 on the SAT) or 15 to 17 percent of the high school class. The cumulative effects of this loss are immense—5 million lost youth every decade, which is nearly half of the projected 11 million shortfall of college educated workers needed in the US over the next 10 years.