BUILDING A GRAD NATION: New Report Finds More than Half of States Increased High School Graduation Rate, Number of “Dropout Factory” High Schools Decreased by 23 Percent Since 2002 ArticleMarch 19, 2012
The national high school graduation rate increased from 72.6 percent in 2002 to 75.5 percent in 2009, according to a new report from Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America's Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education.
On March 18–21, the America’s Promise Alliance will host the “Building a Grad Nation” summit in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic Enterprises, and Johns Hopkins University’s Everyone Graduates Center.
STATE OF THE STATES: Governors Stress Education-Economy Link, NCLB Waivers, High School Graduation Rates, and Common Core State Standards ArticleMarch 05, 2012
In his state of the state address on February 8, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) proposed a $128 million increase in funding for education.
POSITIVE RETURNS: RAND Report Finds 166 Percent Return on Investment for National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program ArticleMarch 05, 2012
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is an intensive residential and mentoring program for high school dropouts ages sixteen to eighteen who are unemployed, drug free, and have either no police record or a police record limited to juvenile offenses.
MARKED IMPROVEMENT: New York City’s Small High Schools of Choice Boost Graduation Rates by 8.6 Percentage Points, MDRC Analysis Finds ArticleMarch 05, 2012
A new report from MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research firm, finds that small public high schools of choice in New York City narrow the educational attainment gap; markedly improve graduation prospects, particularly for disadvantaged students; and boost students’ college readiness in English.
STATE OF THE STATES: Governors Focus on School Finance, Digital Learning, Reading Interventions, and Waivers Under No Child Left Behind ArticleFebruary 06, 2012
Although education is primarily a state responsibility, the federal government has played a larger role in the last decade through the No Child Left Behind Act and has encouraged states to adopt education reforms more recently through the Race to the Top program.
STATE OF THE UNION: Obama Calls for Mandatory School Attendance Until Age Eighteen, Focuses on Importance of Education for “Jobs of Tomorrow” ArticleFebruary 06, 2012
During his State of the Union address on January 24, President Obama stressed the importance of education in driving the U.S. economy and called on states to require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen.
WAIVING AWAY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE ACCOUNTABILITY?: State NCLB Waiver Proposals Threaten to Weaken Accountability for High School Graduation Rates ArticleJanuary 23, 2012
In September 2011, with the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—currently known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act—stalled in the U.S. Congress, President Obama outlined a plan to provide states flexibility within specific provisions of the law in exchange for state-led reform efforts to close achievement gaps, evaluate teachers and principals, promote rigorous accountability, and ensure that all students are on track to graduate ready for college and a career.
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A NEW MISSION FOR THE MIDDLE GRADES: New Report Encourages Focus on Middles Schools for Postsecondary Preparedness ArticleDecember 12, 2011
Middle schools in the South need to forge a new mission of preparing students for more rigorous high school course work and ultimately college and technical training, according to a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB’s) Middle Grades Commission.
“CHARACTERISTICS OF GED RECIPIENTS IN HIGH SCHOOL: 2002–06”: GED Recipients Do Not Fare as Well as High School Graduates in College, Report Finds ArticleNovember 28, 2011
Although the General Educational Development (GED) credential is often considered to be the equivalent of a high school diploma for students who do not graduate from high school, individuals with GEDs do not fare as well as high school graduates in postsecondary education, according to “Characteristics of GED Recipients in High School: 2002–06,” a new issue brief from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).