THE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT DILEMMA AND SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS: New Report Examines Benefits for Special Education Students Who Earn a Diploma Compared to Those Who Do Not ArticleOctober 21, 2011
Similar to the advantages that non–special education high school graduates possess over high school dropouts, special education students who earn a high school diploma are more likely to attend a postsecondary institution, secure meaningful employment, and avoid the criminal justice system than special education students who leave high school without a diploma.
EDUCATION FOR TOMORROW’S JOBS: New Legislation Would Combine Rigorous College Prep with Workplace Experience ArticleOctober 17, 2011
On October 12, U.S. Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Judy Chu (D-CA) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Education for Tomorrow’s Jobs Act, which would combine rigorous college preparation with workplace experience in an effort to improve student engagement, academic achievement, and success after high school.
U.S. SENATORS HARKIN AND ENZI RELEASE DRAFT LANGUAGE TO REVISE NCLB: Senate Committee to Consider Draft Containing Important Provisions for Nation’s High Schools ArticleOctober 17, 2011
On October 11, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) Committee, released draft legislation to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
An analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education reveals several elements in the flexibility policy that could benefit the nation’s high schools while also highlighting some concerns for these schools.
INFORMING WRITING: New Alliance Report Offers Evidence That Classroom-Based Assessments Can Improve Writing Skills of American Students ArticleSeptember 19, 2011
Effective assessments are promising tools to help ensure that students write well enough to meet grade-level demands.
THE CONDITION OF COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS: Only One in Four High School Graduates Considered “Ready” for College, ACT Finds ArticleSeptember 06, 2011
Only 25 percent—an increase of 1 percentage point—of high school graduates from the Class of 2011 were considered “ready” for college courses in English, reading, mathematics, and science, according to results on their ACT exams released last month.
SENATORS INTRODUCE SECONDARY SCHOOL REFORM ACT: Legislation Targets Low-Performing High Schools and the Middle Schools that Feed Into Them ArticleJuly 11, 2011
On June 30, Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Herb Kohl (D-WI) introduced the Secondary School Reform Act.
DIPLOMAS COUNT 2011: Report Pegs National High School Graduation Rate at 71.7 Percent, Highest Since 1980s ArticleJune 13, 2011
At 71.7 percent, the national high school graduation rate has reached its highest point since the 1980s, according to a new report from Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center.
SETTING NEW PRIORITIES IN EDUCATION SPENDING: House Committee Passes First Education Reform Bill, Eliminates More than Forty Federal Education Programs ArticleMay 31, 2011
On May 25, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed the first in a series of education reform bills designed to revamp the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).