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March 20, 2012 08:04 pm

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The newest edition of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Straight A’s newsletter is now available online.

Articles in this issue include:

  • New report on graduation rates
  • Survey of teacher satisfaction
  • AT&T’s efforts to reduce drop-out rates
  • Congressional hearing on quality of American education
  • Secretary Arne Duncan’s discussion on role of technology in education

Links to each of these articles appear below. For a free email subscription to Straight A’s, join the Alliance’s mailing list.

BUILDING A GRAD NATION: New Report Finds More than Half of States Increased High School Graduation Rate, Number of “Dropout Factory” High Schools Decreased by 23 Percent Since 2002: The national high school graduation rate increased from 72.6 percent in 2002 to 75.5 percent in 2009, according to a new report from Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education. The report, Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, finds that twenty-four states increased high school graduation rates by modest to large gains while the number of high schools graduating 60 percent or fewer students on time-often referred to as “dropout factories”-decreased from 2,007 schools in 2002 to 1,550 schools in 2010.

 

AT&T Accepting Proposals for Its Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative: The 2012 AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative is now accepting proposals from currently operating high school retention programs that consist of elements aligned to the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Dropout Prevention Practice Guide. AT&T is looking to support organizations that are delivering results that reduce the dropout rate in their communities, and are ready to expand their program to serve additional students or locations, or to add components to strengthen successful programs.

 

MISSION CRITICAL: Senate HELP Committee Examines Key Role That a Quality Education Plays in America’s Competitiveness: During a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on March 8, senators from both political parties stressed the importance of additional education after high school to landing a good job in today’s economy, but they noted that the American education system was preparing far too few students to achieve it. The hearing, “The Key to America’s Global Competitiveness: A Quality Education,” also featured business leaders, economists, and education experts who discussed how to solve the challenges facing the American education system and how doing so could power the American economy for generations.

 

THE METLIFE SURVEY OF THE AMERICAN TEACHER: TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND THE ECONOMY: Teacher Job Satisfaction at Lowest Level in Two Decades, Survey Finds: Over the last two years, teacher job satisfaction has fallen by 15 percentage points and is now at the lowest level seen in more than two decades, according to the latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. This year’s survey, The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents, and the Economy, is the twenty-eighth in an annual series to give voice to those closest to the classroom and is the first large-scale national survey to fully reflect the effects of the economy on the teaching profession.

 

NEW PLATFORM FOR LEARNING: Duncan Discusses Role of Technology in Education, Calls It a “Game Changer”: During a March 8 speech at SXSWedu’s second annual conference on innovations in learning in Austin, Texas, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called technology the “new platform for learning,” and outlined several ways that technology is already changing education-from helping teachers personalize education to students working at their own pace-and highlighted locations around the country that are using technology to boost student achievement and engagement.

 

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