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Diplomas Count 2011 Briefing Overview: Grad Rates Rise, but Over One Million Still Drop Out

On June 7, 2011, Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) released Diplomas Count 2011: Beyond High School, Before Baccalaureate—Meaningful Alternatives to a Four-Year Degree. This edition, the sixth in the annual series by the publisher of Education Week, follows previous versions of Diplomas Count by reporting graduation rates throughout the nation, but also has a special focus on the space between high school graduation and a four-year college education.

Campaign for High School Equity Presents Policy Priorities for High School Reform

The Campaign for High School Equity, a coalition of nine leading civil rights organizations that represent African American, Hispanic, American Indian and Asian populations, such as the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza, and education advocacy organizations, such as the Alliance for Excellent Education, held a congressional briefing on June 7, 2011 to release their “Plan for Success.” Plan for Success:  Communities of Color Define Policy Priorities for High

Implementing SIG: Advice for District Turnaround Agencies

This is one in a series of blog posts about the recent Midwest High School SIG Conference, held May 18-19, 2011 in Chicago. Schools and districts involved in turnaround low performing high schools received advice from leaders in the field at the Midwest High School SIG Conference last month.

American Indian Demographics

As we continue our series on American Indian education, this post provides demographic information on American Indians, including where American Indian children attend school. There currently are 565 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.[1] While the Cherokee and Navajo nations contain the majority of American Indian citizens, each tribe holds its own distinct traditional, cultural, and educational markers.

The Economic Benefits of Raising Graduation Rates

At a time when unemployment rates are still sky-high and state budgets are gasping for air across the nation, the Alliance for Excellent Education has released a series of reports that propose a solution.  According to the reports, if we want to generate new jobs, increase tax revenues and provide a boon to the limping housing market and automobile industry, we should focus efforts on increasing the graduation rate. Projections from the nationwide report suggest that increasing the graduation rate by 50% would lead to:

SIG Midwest Meeting: Increased Learning Time in High School, Part 4

Is There Ever Enough Time? This is one in a series of blog posts about the recent Midwest High School SIG Conference, held May 18-19, in Chicago. In our work for the National High School Center, we have begun a research and development cycle to better understand the barriers and potential solutions to individual instruction in high schools to maximize educators’ ability to meet all students’ needs.

Condition of Education 2011 Reports New Education Statistics

Today the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released The Condition of Education 2011, a Congressionally-mandated annual report that details all aspects of U.S. education, including early childhood education, student achievement, postsecondary education, teacher effectiveness, and school environment. There were a number of key findings related to high schools, their students, and implications for transitions to college, including:


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