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December 13, 2012 02:39 pm


‘Tis the season for peppermint candies, mistletoe, lights, mulled wine… and the Alliance’s final newsletter before the holidays! Here’s a sneak peak at what’s inside this edition. You can read these stories in full and others in the full online edition here. Happy holidays!

Earlier this month, the Alliance released a report with important data on the correlation between equity in education and a strong American economy. As students of color and Native American students become an increasing majority in school districts across the nation, it’s a moral and economic imperative that they recieve a quality, equitable education. “Historically, the country’s moral failure to provide all children with an adequate and equal education did not incur a noticeable economic cost,” Bob Wise, president of the Alliance, said in a statement on the report’s release. “This is no longer the case.” Inseparable Imperatives

Narrowing performance gaps for low-income students and students of color requires prevention interventions over remediation, a new report from ACT finds. The report, Catching Up to College and Career Readiness, argues it is essential for for educators and policymakers to understand the difficulty of preventing and closing gaps to design effective interventions. Catching up to College and Career Readiness

For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Education has released state-by-state graduation rates using a common, rigorous measure to determine the four-year matriculation numbers. The report revealed large gaps between white students and students of color, as well as other student sub-groups. Iowa reports the highest overall graduation record (88 percent), with D.C. reporting the lowest (59 percent). Graduation Rates Revealed

second Alliance report this month outlines serious problems with the current federal student financial aid system. It calls on policymakers to both simplify the process and the programs and shift the system’s emphasis from access to college degree completion. “In working to ensure that all high school students graduate ready for college and careers, the Alliance belives all students need a proper financial aid foundation to build upon their high school experiences,” Bob Wise, president of the Alliance, said. “But if the federal student aid system continues to focus only on increased postsecondary access and not on completion, individuals and the country as a whole will bear economic and social impacts.”

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