To find out just how much of an impact high school graduation rates have on the country at large, the Alliance for Excellent Education calculated a series of projections using economic data from 220 metropolitan areas, all 50 states, and Washington, D.C.
NBC Education Nation took their final data and, along with Visualizing.org, challenged graphic designers to create an infographic that clearly depicts the connection between diplomas and dollars. The winning entry, by Jonathan Schwabish and Courtney Griffith, is below. But first, a word from Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and the president of the Alliance for Excellent Education.
It’s fairly understood that individuals with higher levels of education typically earn more than those without. Put simply, those who learn more, earn more.
With this project, however, the Alliance for Excellent Education, with support from State Farm®, sought to demonstrate how we all benefit when someone graduates from high school. The results are tremendous – cutting the dropout rate in half for just one high school class would likely lead to billions of dollars in increased earnings, provide a boost to home and automobile sales, and create more than 50,000 new jobs nationwide. That’s an economic stimulus – and jobs package – that everyone can support.
Click the below infographic to zoom, interact and explore:
Read more about this infographic and Education Nation here.