Back to school a mixed picture for U.S. young adults

It’s back-to-school time, the annual ritual marking the end of summer and one of this country’s most widely shared rites of passage. Even so, the flood of youth and young adults into schools and classrooms every fall does not include everyone. One in five high school students does not graduate, not every high school graduate goes to college , and not every college student completes his or her degree.

No one is satisfied with these statistics, even as debates rage about how to improve them. It is a truism that educational success is correlated with success in employment and earnings, […]