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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.

Crossing the Finish Line: Helping Our Students through the Race

Gordon Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gordon Campbell

Researchers have found that high absence rates and falling off track in terms of credit accumulation are strong predictors of dropping out.

The 15 Colleges With The Highest Graduation Rates

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Ever heard of Thomas University? Us either. But according to College Results Online, a website which uses data from National Center for Education Stat...

Laura Bush To Announce Education Initiative Focused On Middle School

AP | JAMIE STENGLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

DALLAS — The George W. Bush Institute is planning to introduce its second big education initiative Wednesday, a program that seeks to improve gr...

Public Blames Grad Rates On College Students: Poll

AP | ERIC GORSKI and ALAN FRAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The public verdict is in and overwhelming: The better the education people get, the stronger the U.S. economy will be, a poll shows. But don't count o...

Grad Rates Between Blacks, Whites Widening: Study

AP | ANTONIO GONZALEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

ORLANDO, Fla. — The disparity between graduation rates for white and black players at schools headed to bowl games grew again this year even as ...

Students Sound Off: Ninth Grader Jingwei Zhang Proposes Cash Rewards To Help His Classmates Graduate

The Huffington Post | Jingwei Zhang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

"Students Sound Off," is an ongoing student blogger contest aimed at providing students a loud and clear voice in the education debate presented by Hu...

A Marshall Plan for Education Reform

JD Hoye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
JD Hoye

It is time to set agendas aside, place students and their success as our primary driver and invite the larger community to the table for the sake of tomorrow's economy.

National Dropout Rates Decreasing, Study Finds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Low graduation rates have long been a topic on the national radar. According to a new report entitled "Building A Grad Nation," American schools may ...