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Progress Is No Accident: Why ESEA Can’t Backtrack on High School Graduation Rates Report/Fact Sheet

November 10, 2015

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 Sheet

May 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.

Equity and ESEA: Holding High Schools Accountable for Traditionally Underserved Students Report/Fact Sheet

April 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 Sheet

April 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.

Connected Learning: Harnessing the Information Age to Make Learning More Powerful Report/Fact Sheet

March 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.

Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.