In today’s economy, graduating from high school college-ready and obtaining a postsecondary degree or credential can mean the difference between a lifetime of poverty and a secure economic future. However, in the United States, high school graduation and college-readiness rates are alarmingly low. Just over 69 percent of students—and only about 50 percent of African American, Hispanic and low-income students—graduate from high school on time, many without the skills needed for college or work. Of those students who enroll in college, only about half earn a diploma within six years. For low-income students, the college completion rate drops to 25 percent.Policymakers and education leaders must implement strategies to reduce the high school dropout rate and adequately prepare high school students for college, while providing low-income college students the support they need to attain a degree or credential.