The number of high school dropouts in the United States decreased from 1 million in 2008 to approximately 750,000 in 2012. This report credits the improvement in high school graduation rates to state and local on-the-ground efforts, as well as federal requirements issued in 2008 and 2011 targeted at the dropout crisis—the same requirements that are absent from current efforts to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind Act.
Never Too Late: Why ESEA Must Fill the Missing Middle Report/Fact SheetMay 05, 2015
Research shows that the current federal strategy of investing in the early years and in postsecondary education, while largely skipping over middle and high schools, is unlikely to yield the greatest returns. An Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization provides the opportunity to implement a more coherent, evidence-based policy of reform and investment that includes middle and high schools.
Building a Foundation: How Technology-Rich Project-Based Learning Transformed Talladega County Schools Report/Fact SheetApril 28, 2015
Alliance Case Study Provides Inside Look at Rural School District’s Turnaround
Equity and ESEA: Holding High Schools Accountable for Traditionally Underserved Students Report/Fact SheetApril 12, 2015
Absent any federal requirement to monitor the performance of student subgroups, a significant number of states have implemented accountability systems that either ignore the performance of these students or provide only minimal oversight.
Below the Surface: Solving the Hidden Graduation Rate Crisis Report/Fact SheetApril 06, 2015
More than 1,200 high schools, serving more than 1.1 million students, still fail to graduate one-third or more of their students each year. Now is the time to ensure that federal, state, and local policy intently focuses on the nation’s lowest-performing high schools.
Climate Change Series: Federal, State, and Local Policy Recommendations for Creating a Positive School Climate Report/Fact SheetJanuary 22, 2015
Climate Change: Improving School Climate by Supporting Great Teaching Report/Fact SheetSeptember 18, 2014
ConnectedLearningCover This report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Digital Learning Media (DLM) initiative that schools and out-of-school sites are adopting to enhance student learning and outcomes by connecting their education to their interests. Connected learning uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.