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September 21, 2012 09:16 pm

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We took the month of August off from doing our weekly report roundup because, well, the District is dead in August. Have you experienced it? It’s eerie how quiet and toned down it gets. But with the onset of fall temperatures comes the increasingly busy fall political season, especially in an election year. We’re back this week with our Friday report roundup and will be every week. Make sure to check back every Friday!

The Urgency of Now: America’s Education System Neglects Almost Half of hte Nation’s Black and Latino Male Students

The Schott Foundation for Public Education released their state report on public education and the black male graduation rate. A startlingly low 52 percent of black males and 58 percent of Latino male ninth-graders graduate from high school in four years, compared to 78 percent of white, non-latinos of the same grade and sex, the report finds.

“Without a policy framework that creates opportunity for all students, strengthens supports for the teaching profession and strikes the right balance between support-based reforms and standards-driven reforms, the US will become increasingly unequal and less competitive in the global economy,” a press release for the report notes.

Students of color are expected to take over as the majority in the next 10 years. If these graduation rates continue, what will that mean for the nation’s future economy?

Read the full report at http://www.blackboysreport.org/.

State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition

The Center for Educational Progress released their 11th annual report on high school exit exams this week. Findings indicate that the standards for exit exams are rising, in large part due to state adoption of Common Core standards. This seems positive on the surface, but what will happen to students who are already lagging behind and will be forced to meet even more rigorous standards?

“While high schools should prepare all students for college or careers, policymakers must consider whether all students have had the opportunityt o learn the content of these new, rigorous standards before attaching such high stakes to the exams,” Shelby McIntosh, CEP research associate and report author said.

You can download the annual report at http://www.cep-dc.org/displayDocument.cfm?DocumentID=408.

Education at a Glance 2012

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released their always-anticipated annual report on how member-countries stack up against each other when it comes to education.

Out earlier this month, this report made news in the US with its 26th place ranking, out of 37, in preschool attendance. But it’s not all bad news: the US remains one of the most well-educated countries in the world, with 42 percent of 25-64 year olds having attained higher education.

See the full report at http://www.oecd.org/edu/eag2012.htm.

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