NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE FALLS BELOW 70 PERCENT: Diplomas Count 2009 Finds Rate Fell Nearly 1.5 Percentage Points ArticleJune 15, 2009
From 1996 to 2005, the national high school graduation rate increased from 66.4 percent in 1996 to 70.6.
LOST OPPORTUNITY: New Report Finds that Minority and Low-Income Students Have Only Half the Opportunity to Learn in the Nation’s Public Schools as Their White Peers ArticleJune 01, 2009
Nearly 85 percent of states fail to provide students access to a moderately proficient public education system according to Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, a new report by the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
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EVERY STUDENT COUNTS: Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Bobby Scott Introduce Legislation on High School Graduation Rates ArticleMarch 23, 2009
In an effort to boost graduation rates in the United States, especially for the low-income and minority students who typically graduate at rates close to 50 percent, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) reintroduced the Every Student Counts Act (ESCA) on March 17.
OBAMA OUTLINES EDUCATION AGENDA: President Calls for “World-Class Standards” and an End to the High School Dropout “Epidemic” ArticleMarch 23, 2009
Saying that it was time to give all Americans a “complete and competitive education from cradle up through a career” and make America’s entire education system the “envy of the world,” President Barack Obama outlined a sweeping education reform agenda in a March 10 speech to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
AP REPORT TO THE NATION: More Students Receive Passing Scores, but Minority Students Remain Underrepresented in Advanced Placement Courses ArticleFebruary 10, 2009
Of the approximately three million high school students from the Class of 2008, more than 15 percent received at least one score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam.
“CRAM SCHOOLS” FIND NEW PARTICIPANTS IN URBAN AREAS: African-American, Hispanic, and Indian Students Fill Nontraditional Schools ArticleNovember 03, 2003
In New York City, proactive parents are taking measures into their own hands in an effort to better prepare their children for life after high school.
In an Oct. 9 article for the New York Times, Richard Rothstein argues that the country has been so focused on raising standards and improving test scores that it has ignored a 4 percent increase in the high school dropout rate from 26 percent in 1990 to 30 percent in 2000.
Across the country, states are ratcheting up standards for high school graduates.
In a study of 57 urban school districts in 35 states, the Council of the Great City Schools has found that test scores are climbing and the achievement gap between white students and their minority peers is narrowing on state tests.
Today, more high school students than ever before hope to go to college and earn a degree, but high tuition costs and lack of financial aid has forced many undergraduates, especially lower-income students, to choose between their studies and work.