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April 12, 2015 02:10 pm
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Alexander-Murray Bill to Rewrite NCLB Lacks Critical Safeguards for Low-Performing Schools and Students

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Tuesday could mark the beginning of the end for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and its one-size fits all mandates. That is the good news. The bad news is that the bipartisan bill that the Senate education committee will take up on Tuesday could start a major retreat from the recent historic increases in high school graduation rates. For this reason and others, the bill should not become law without major improvements.

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Accountability, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, High School Graduation Rates, No Child Left Behind
Posted: April 17, 2015 01:45 pm

The Main Course: Senate Education Committee Unanimously Passes ESEA Rewrite

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April 17, 2015 01:45 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, provides an overview of the day’s main news story on K-12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education related news.

On Thursday, the Senate Education Committee passed the Every Child Achieves Act, a rewrite of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The committee voted 22-0 to approve the legislation after three days of markups and consideration 57 amendments, 29 of which were passed.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauded Chairman Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tenn) leadership and his committee’s bipartisan approach, but said there is still much to be done to ensure the bill works for students, schools, and districts that are most in need.

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Elementary & Secondary Education Act, The Main Course Blog
Posted: April 17, 2015 12:15 pm

Different Approaches to College- and Career-Readiness

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April 17, 2015 12:15 pm
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The number of schools and districts working to bridge the gap between secondary education and the real world continues to grow. Be it an entire state or one school in a district, the chance to engage real-world job training through career and technical education (CTE) has become more commonplace for high school students.

In a recent article, The Hechinger Report’s Sarah Garland explores the revival of old school training at a new CTE school in Waco, Texas that promises its students an almost unheard of guaranteed job following graduation. Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy enrolls students from 11 surrounding school districts, 60 percent of which are Hispanic, and allows students to study welding, manufacturing and home building – or what some might consider dying professions:

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California, Career & Technical Education, College & Career Readiness, Connected Learning, Linked Learning
Posted: April 17, 2015 10:05 am

Deeper Learning Digest: A Million and One Ways to Learn

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April 17, 2015 10:05 am
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The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a bi-weekly roundup of articles, blog posts, and other content around deeper learning. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed to stay up-to-date on all deeper learning news. Please be sure to follow @deeperlearning on Twitter for more on deeper learning.


Amid the growing push to reinvent the nation’s public high schools, initiatives that connect students more directly to their individual interests, and tap into their innate motivations, are gaining in popularity. New Hampshire is one of a handful of states at the forefront of efforts to promote flexibility in how students learn and how that knowledge is measured.

What do schools need to transform? According to Carmen Coleman, director of Next Generation Leadership at the Center for Innovation at the University Of Kentucky College Of Education, in order to reimagine learning, schools must – among other things – reimagine the role of leaders.  

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Assessments, Blended Learning, Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: April 16, 2015 01:00 pm

The Main Course: 103-Year-Old Women Expresses the Importance of Earning a High School Degree

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April 16, 2015 01:00 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, provides an overview of the day’s main news story on K-12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education related news.


You’re never too old to be a high school graduate. This week, a 103-year-old woman from Wisconsin proved the importance of earning a degree when she received her diploma, 87 years after dropping out of school.

Marie Hunt would have walked with her class in Spring Green, Wisconsin in 1928, but was forced to drop out when she could not find a reliable way to commute to her classes, according to an article from TIME Magazine. Hunt was awarded an honorary high school degree by River Valley High School, the very school she would have attended all those years ago.

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Posted: April 15, 2015 01:35 pm

The Main Course: Being #FutureReady with Technology in the Classroom

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April 15, 2015 01:35 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, provides an overview of the day’s main news story on K-12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education related news.


If you’re looking for a wrap-up of the Senate education committee’s work on the rewrite of No Child Left Behind from yesterday, check out today’s five-minute Federal Flash: https://t.co/eKhVFjITJi.

Technology takes over as our “main course” for today. Tom Murray, state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education, spoke with Scholastic’s Rob Berger about the concerns school administrators have moving forward in a school environment that is becoming more and more digitally driven, offering up solutions to tackle the ‘digital divide.’ “When transitioning through the digital conversion, it’s imperative for school leaders to have a systemic plan of implementation,” said Murray.

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Digital Learning, Education Technology, The Main Course Blog
Posted: April 14, 2015 01:45 pm

The Main Course: Senate Begins Consideration of Proposal to Rewrite ESEA

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April 14, 2015 01:45 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, provides an overview of the day’s main news story on K-12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education related news.


Today is the day for ESEA. This afternoon, the U.S. Senate education committee will begin mark up on its proposed bipartisan bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind. A tweet this morning from the US Department of Education above a photo of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the bill into law 50 years ago summed up the necessity of ESEA. It read simply:

All students deserve an education that sets them up for success in college, careers, and life. #ESEA  

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Elementary & Secondary Education Act, The Main Course Blog
Posted: April 14, 2015 12:45 pm

Birth-through-Grade-Twelve Comprehensive Literacy Program (#ageofliteracy)

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April 14, 2015 12:45 pm
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In this era of rapid global change, poor literacy skills seriously constrain an individual’s likelihood of attaining a sustainable future. Over the past four decades, the share of jobs requiring some form of postsecondary education continues to rise, while the literacy performance of American thirteen- and seventeen-year-olds remains flat according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  More than 60 percent of twelfth-grade students scored below the proficient level in reading achievement, and 27 percent scored below the basic level in reading. This means these lowest-performing high school seniors do not even have partial mastery of the appropriate grade-level knowledge and skills.

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High School Reform, Literacy, Low-Performing Schools
Posted: April 13, 2015 02:23 pm

An “Inside-Baseball” Look At the Potential Negative Outcomes of the Alexander-Murray Bill to Rewrite NCLB

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April 13, 2015 02:23 pm
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The bipartisan effort underway in the Senate to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) is music to the ears of everyone who has been calling for the end to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). But a number of civil rights and education reform organizations, including the Alliance for Excellent Education, may not be able to support this bill. It is important to understand why.

The major issue at hand is the loss of support for traditionally underserved students and low-performing schools in the proposal presented by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA). This blog will explain these losses in clear, factual terms with concrete examples of the potential negative outcomes of this bill. I will focus on four items:

  • Faulty accountability indexes
  • Insufficient goals for graduation rates
  • Inadequate support for subgroups
  • Inadequate support for low-performing high schools

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Accountability, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Federal Education Reform, High School Graduation Rates, No Child Left Behind
Posted: April 13, 2015 01:15 pm

The Main Course: Improving Graduation Rates under ESEA

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April 13, 2015 01:15 pm
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The Main Course, a daily post from the Alliance for Excellent Education, provides an overview of the day’s main news story on K-12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education related news.


With Tuesday’s looming discussion of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), some are concerned with what should be done to improve graduation rates in public schools and what may not be done once Congress takes up the governing education law.

In a recent blog post, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia asserts that the Senate’s bill ignores recent gains in high school graduation rates and lacks the focus the subject needs for continued improvements. Though the 2008 mandated reporting by schools led to an historical 81 percent graduation rate, Wise says there is still much to be done in the way of high school graduation reform.

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Posted: April 13, 2015 12:02 pm

Parallel Gaps: Linking Unemployment and Education

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April 13, 2015 12:02 pm
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In late-March, a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute was released and draws attention to an issue long discussed within the education community: the needs of minority students across the country that are not being met. In a society where students of color now make up more than half of all K-12 students, it is hard to turn a deaf ear to such resounding statistics.

Though the report draws our attention to the solid job growth that much of the country has experienced, the employment situation of African Americans is a call for alarm. The national unemployment rate for African Americans was 11% in the last quarter of 2014, a figure that is still higher than the 9.9% African American unemployment rate before the Great Recession. This is to say that more than four years since the Recession’s start, African Americans still struggle to find a job in an economy that has improved overall; in fact, African Americans are two and half times more likely to be unemployed than whites.

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Achievement Gap, College & Career Readiness, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Equity, High School Reform, Low-Performing Schools, Students of Color
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