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Graduation Rates

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 ...

Unready and Unsuccessful

Joanne Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Joanne Jacobs

Anyone can give college a try. But success is elusive for students with weak academic skills and poor work habits. Community colleges are struggling to solve problems created in the K-12 schools.

$100 Million Donation To Newark Schools Comes With Conditions, Causes Controversy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to the Newark Public Schools system in September, advocates for school reform celebrated na...

Race to the Finish: Dropping in on College Dropouts

Jane Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Jane Wales

Nearly seven in ten Americans enroll in some form of postsecondary education. That's a record number, but it obscures another reality: Colleges are getting more people to start a race they cannot finish

Stimulus Money Helps Homeless Kids Stay In School

McClatchy | Lauren E. Bohn and Chika Oduah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

About $70 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill, is to bolster a federal program aimed at helping h...

Why We Need More Black Nerds

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Zack Isaacs

Instead of talking about the problem, I want to be part of the solution. I pledge to be that black nerd who shows young men that there's a world outside of music and sports.

States With The HIGHEST College Graduation Rates (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

In which states do the most citizens graduate college? According to National Center for Higher Education Management Systems data used in the College B...

Texas' Incredibly Shrinking Dropout Problem

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Justin Snider

Reports of another "Texas Miracle" are making the rounds in the media, as the Lone Star state says that the dropout rate for the Class of 2009 was 9.4 percent.

Duke Dominates on the Court and in the Classroom

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Kati Haycock

Duke is among a small, elite group of schools that, over the past two decades, have strong records both on and off the court.

Universities Should be Rated Based on Output, Like the Rest of Society

Elisa Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Elisa Stephens

What can higher education do? We can start by taking a "Jobs First" approach when it comes to serving our students and giving them the tools that they will need to compete for and win the jobs of the 21st Century.