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Everyone’s Getting Straight A’s: Increased Educational Attainment Linked to Economic Growth

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October 23, 2013 02:25 pm


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With all eyes on the economy this month, new findings from the Alliance for Excellent Education further cement the connection between improved education outcomes and economic gains at the national, state, and local levels. According to the detailed analysis, increasing the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent for just one high school class would create as many as 65,700 new jobs and boost the national economy by as much as $10.9 billion. Education and the Economy

High schools with a larger number of low-income students had lower college enrollment rates than schools with mostly higher-income students, regardless of the number of minority students or where the schools were located, finds a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. And, once enrolled in college, students from low-income high schools were less likely to persist to their sophomore year. High School Benchmarks

Using Seattle Public Schools (SPS) as a model, a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education shows how high-quality curriculum and innovative school designs that support the use of students’ home languages, as well as English, produce better outcomes for English language learners (ELLs). Embracing Linguistic Diversity

A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Center for Digital Learning, Expert Perspectives: Future of Teacher Preparation in the Digital Age, shares views from experienced educators and national education leaders about the challenges and opportunities of teacher-preparation programs in the digital age. Expert Perspectives


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