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Alliance in the News

Grad Rate Continues Rising with Pockets of Despair

May 04, 2017
Source: THE Journal

For the fifth year running, the country saw a lift in its national high school graduation rate, growing to 83.2 percent in 2015 from 82.3 percent in 2014. But growth at that pace is too slow to reach...

Reaching 90% Grad Rate Unlikely Without an Acute Focus on Low-Income, Minority Kids, Report Finds

May 03, 2017
Source: The 74

As the national high school graduation rate continues to rise — it hit a record 83.2 percent last year — the leaders of a campaign to raise that number to 90 percent by 2020 said Wednesday they...

Kaine Leads Senate Push for Greater Emphasis on Career, Technical Education

May 03, 2017
Source: Augusta Free Press

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), founding member of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, led U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and...

Is the High School Graduation Rate Inflated? No, Study Says

May 03, 2017
Source: Education Week

Watered-down graduation requirements, mistaken calculations, and push-outs of unsuccessful students may have falsely boosted high school graduation rates in a few states, but are not widespread...

Michigan’s Federal School Compliance Plan Will ‘Negatively Impact’ Disabled Students, Calley Says

May 02, 2017
Source: Michigan Live

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says a federal compliance plan from the Michigan Department of Education would not “meaningfully account” for students with disabilities and needs additional work...

School District Destination: Deeper Learning

April 18, 2017
Source: District Administration

Educators have offered instruction that goes beyond the rote for many years, but the concept of deeper learning has recently grown in scope as higher education and the economy demand a more complex...

New Guide Offers Rural Schools Strategies for Going Personalized

April 17, 2017
Source: EdSurge

More than half of public school districts in the U.S. are rural, and now the Future Ready Schools (FRS) program wants to help them personalize learning. The organization has released a guidebook of...

“Personalized Learning” Guidebook Geared to Rural Districts’ Needs

April 17, 2017
Source: Education Week

From setting up blended classrooms to crafting curriculum playlists, more districts and states are turning to “personalized learning” in attempts to engage students and improve academic...

Student Advocates Sound the Alarm: States’ ESSA Plans Will Fail the Underserved Kids the Law Was Built to Protect

April 11, 2017
Source: The 74

The earliest wave of plans submitted by states to carry out the Every Student Succeeds Act are raising stark concerns among advocates that the much-vaunted “guardrails” meant to protect the most...

High School Activists to Betsy DeVos: Keep a Close Eye on Grad Rate ‘Loophole’

April 10, 2017
Source: Education Week

Activists who monitor the high school space are urging U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to keep a close watch on a loophole in federal law that could allow states to identify fewer high school...

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