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Graduation Rates

Increasing the Graduation Rate Quickly, Cheaply and For Real

David Bloomfield | Posted 04.20.2012 | Education
David Bloomfield

A relatively quick, cheap, and instructionally legitimate change to state law could raise graduation rates without lowering standards.

Ohio High School Paying Students To Show Up, Behave In Class

Posted 04.16.2012 | Education

A Cincinnati high school is paying its students to go to school. The Dohn Community High School, a charter school in Ohio, started a program this w...

Hard Knocks Keeping Kids In School

Posted 02.10.2012 | Denver

The number of habitual truants in Aurora, Colo.'s public schools seem to be dropping since district officials began their door-knocking campaign six y...

'Free Market' Will Lead to Lower Tuition? Good Luck.

Jeff Selingo | Posted 04.07.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

But for an expense that is among the biggest of a family's lifetime (perhaps second only to the purchase of a home), we should be able to do better than rely on annual rankings from a magazine that doesn't really publish anything beyond rankings anymore.

School District Bans "Zeros" On Assignments

Posted 04.04.2012 | Education

Lowndes County Schools students in Georgia can relax a little -- 3rd through 8th graders can no longer receive zeros on assignments. Under a new po...

State Graduation Rate Improves, 20% Still Fail To Finish In 4 Years

AP | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education

HARTFORD, Conn. — State education officials say Connecticut's high school graduation rate improved in 2010, but nearly 1 in 5 students failed to...

States Move Away From Exit Exams, Shift Toward College-Readiness

Posted 02.08.2012 | Education

Fewer states are requiring students to pass high school exit exams to graduate, but more states are increasing standardized testing in college- and ca...

Student Graduation Threatened In School Course Credit Scandal

Posted 02.01.2012 | Education

A Bronx school in New York is under investigation for allegations of credit irregularities that could threaten some students' abilities to graduate th...

Education Should Be About Kids, Not Adults

Natalie Ravitz | Posted 01.07.2012 | Education
Natalie Ravitz

Over the past decade, the notion that some children "can't learn" or "aren't worth teaching" has fundamentally (and thankfully) been put to rest. W...

Evaluating Bloomberg School Reform -- Do You Want to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

Alan Singer | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

According to CUNY college tests, only 1.1 percent of the New Height Academy's graduates were actually prepared to do college level work without remediation. This is for a charter school that received a grade of "A" from New York City Department of Education assessors.

Scores Plummet As More High School Juniors Required To Take State Tests

Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago

After the most recent return of 11th grade Prairie State Achievement Exam scores found nearly half of Illinois public school students failing to meet ...

Dropout Rates For Minority And Poor Students Disproportionately High

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education

Debate over the No Child Left Behind revision continues on the Senate floor as lawmakers attempt to find middle ground on how the education law should...

Community Colleges or Four-Year Schools?

Mariela Dabbah | Posted 12.18.2011 | Latino Voices
Mariela Dabbah

Community colleges are a great option for a lot of students -- but what I'd like is for these colleges to be presented as an option by guidance counselors, educators and leaders - not as the only alternative for Latinos.

Lawmakers, Media Must Treat Education as an Economic Issue

Rehema Ellis | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education
Rehema Ellis

What is surprising is that we, as a nation, aren't fully making the connection between education, local, state and federal budget matters, and the economy.

Being Fair About Graduation Rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.07.2011 | College
Marybeth Gasman

Believe me, I'm concerned about national graduation rates, as well. At 55.5 percent (six-year) nationally, we could be doing a lot better. However, HBCUs get unfair treatment when it comes to discussions of graduation rates, and here is why.

Vegas Getting 'Em While They're Young

AP | Posted 11.02.2011 | Education

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas-area school administrators are enlisting volunteers for a push to find and encourage students to return to the classroom in a d...

Arkansas Receives $1M Grant To Boost College Graduation Rate

BusinessWeek | Posted 10.02.2011 | College

Nine Arkansas colleges and universities will focus on changing remediation programs and other efforts through a $1 million grant aimed at increasing t...

Why High School Graduation Rates Will Likely Plummet, And It's Not Up To Students

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and DORIE TURNER | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — States are bracing for plummeting high school graduation rates as districts nationwide dump flawed measurement formulas that ...

High School Dropouts: A Burden To Themselves, Taxpayers, Economy

Posted 09.24.2011 | Education

Over the next week, NPR's Claudio Sanchez will air a five-part series on the fiscal burden of America's high school dropouts. In an overview of th...

U.S. No Longer Leader of the Free World

John H. Jackson | Posted 08.28.2011 | Education
John H. Jackson

America was once thought of as the leader of the free world. Over the next 30 years, U.S. cities and states probably will be defined by what happens with the bottom two-thirds of citizens rather than the top one-third.

'Juking the Stats' in Denver Public Schools

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 08.05.2011 | Education
Alan Gottlieb

Miraculously boosting graduation rates by giving would-be dropouts a meaningless diploma does no one any favors. And it sure doesn't make anyone look good -- quite the contrary.

Learning From Success: A North Carolina High School Builds Culture of Excellence

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.18.2011 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Schools like Jack Britt demonstrate that educators have the power to help all groups of students learn a lot and graduate.

Losing to Win in College Sports

Tim Davis | Posted 06.13.2011 | College
Tim Davis

91 percent of white basketball players on 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Teams graduated last year, while only 59 percent of their black counterparts earned their college degree -- a 32 percent gap.

Racial Disparity Grows In Graduation Rates Among NCAA Players

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A new study shows growing disparity between graduation rates for white and black players at schools in the men's NCAA basketball tour...

Higher Education at the Crossroads: The Graduation Rate Craze

Susan Meisenhelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Susan Meisenhelder

An unintended consequence of the exclusive focus on graduation percentages is that it can mask -- and even exacerbate -- problems with access to and equity in our nation's colleges and universities.