America’s Promise Alliance Releases 2012 Grad Nation Update

Last week, America’s Promise Alliance released its 2012 Grad Nation update on ending high school dropout.  The report reintroduces the Alliance’s Civic Marshal Plan, a series of benchmarks to help attain a nationwide graduation rate of 90 percent by 2020.  While the report showed progress in a number of areas, it also found the improvement in graduation rates “has not been fast enough t

Georgia Works on Raising Graduation Rates for Students with Disabilities

On Tuesday, February 28, Dr. Laura C. Brown, Director of Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS), presented a Webinar titled, “GraduateFIRST: The Dropout Prevention Destination.” During this event, Dr. Brown described Georgia’s GraduateFIRST program, identified ways schools can make improvements, shared tools and resources available to schools, and highlighted the successes of specific schools using the program.

Measuring College Readiness, New York and Chicago Style

Not satisfied with solely increasing high school graduation rates, more districts and states are emphasizing the content and quality of high school students’ educational experiences, as well as their performance on academic assessments and enrollment in college after high school graduation. For example, Chicago Public Schools has begun including measures of college readiness on schools’ and students’ report cards. The metrics fall into three broad categories:

New NCES Report on Trends in U.S. High School Dropout and Completion Data

Last week, NCES released Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972–2009, a report which identifies trends in dropout and school completion data. The report tracks four different measures of dropout: Event Dropout Rates, Status Dropout Rates, Status Completion Rates, and Average Freshman Graduation Rates (AFGR). Each measure is calculated differently and can be used to inform different educational questions.

New York’s Transfer High Schools Help Students Who Fall Behind

When high school students fall behind what happens to them? For many students, some of whom have fallen behind by as much as three years, graduating high school seems like an insurmountable challenge, and many students get lost in the school system. In fact, according to a February 2011 New York Daily News (NYDN) article, there were 106,000 struggling students deemed "overage and under-credited" in city schools last year.

Updated High School Initiative Map Provides Data on College-and Career-Readiness

The National High School Center has updated the High School Initiatives Map with new information on state high school graduation requirements, university admission requirements, and the number of high school students in each state.  This resource allows users to compare each state’s high school graduation requirements and college admission requirements.


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