Children Less Likely to Graduate from High School than Their Parents

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study says your child is less likely to graduate from high school than you were. And it finds that most states aren't doing much to hold schools accountable.

The children's advocacy group "Education Trust" says dropout rates aren't moving: One out of four students drop out of high school. In fact, it says the U.S. is now the only industrialized country where young people are less likely than their parents to earn a diploma.

Under the No Child Left Behind Law, states set their own goals for high school graduation rates. Research suggests many of them have set the bar low.

Next week Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is expected to change that, in part by imposing new rules forcing states to use a common tracking system agreed to by governors in 2005.