I am working on a research paper about national high school graduation rates for African Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans 1972-2008
I would suggest checking out the National Center for Education Statistics. Here is one report from the site that you may be interested in:
Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972–2008
You can also find other reports or create your own charts. Explore and play with the site.
In regards to the library's databases I would suggest ERIC & Education Research Complete as good places to start.
You can get to these by:
- Start at the Library's home page
- Click on Databases
- Choose "Education" from the menu on the left side of your screen