Having Just One Black Teacher Can Up Black Students’ Chances of Going to College

Recently, in Education Week, Madeline Will summarized a new study from Johns Hopkins University that finds that if a Black student has just one or two Black teachers in elementary school, that student is significantly more likely to enroll in college. Black students who had just one Black teacher by 3rd grade were 13 percent Read more about Having Just One Black Teacher Can Up Black Students’ Chances of Going to College[…]

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Why do high school expectations matter?

Another student gets good grades, graduates from high school, and earns admission to a public university, but realizes too late that high school coursework did not provide the academic preparation needed for college and must be repeated- this time costing college tuition. All students deserve the opportunity to take courses that prepare them to enter Read more about Why do high school expectations matter?[…]

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Wonk-A-Thon Winners

This year, the Fordham Foundation hosted a Wonkathon, asking assorted education policy experts whether America’s graduation requirements need to change. Replies were rated and the winners have been announced: 2018 First Place: High school reimagined (and we truly mean reimagined) by Jessica Shopoff, M.Ed., and Chase Eskelsen, M.Ed. To build a personalized learning model that Read more about Wonk-A-Thon Winners[…]

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New Alliance Report Uncovers Gaps in Access to College- and Career-Ready Diplomas

Of the nearly 100 different types of high school diplomas that are awarded across all fifty states and the District of Columbia, less than half prepare students for success in college and a career, according to a new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education. And while the national high school graduation rate is at Read more about New Alliance Report Uncovers Gaps in Access to College- and Career-Ready Diplomas[…]

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Educational Progress and Challenges by Race and Ethnicity

The number of students finishing high school has increased over time for students in all racial/ethnic groups. However, the rate of progress has varied and racial/ethnic gaps persist. The National Center for Education Statistics released a new report in July entitled Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups, 2017. This report Read more about Educational Progress and Challenges by Race and Ethnicity[…]

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February Issue Brief: College Readiness

This year the United States hit a record high graduation rate of 83 percent, and 66 percent of graduating students enrolled in college. But we are discovering that high school graduation does not necessarily equate to readiness for college coursework. NAEP data show that only 37 percent of high school seniors are academically prepared for Read more about February Issue Brief: College Readiness[…]

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Colleges Enroll Many Students who Aren’t Prepared

The vast majority of public two- and four-year colleges report enrolling students – more than half a million of them – who are not ready for college-level work, a Hechinger Report investigation of 44 states has found. The numbers reveal a glaring gap in the nation’s education system: A high school diploma, no matter how Read more about Colleges Enroll Many Students who Aren’t Prepared[…]

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The Fog of “College Readiness”

Chester E. Finn, Jr., distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, recently reflected on the illusion of college readiness for National Affairs. Excerpts from his piece appear below: Our K-12 education system has a transparency problem, and our higher-education system is complicit. While some American parents have a decent sense Read more about The Fog of “College Readiness”[…]

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NCES releases Digest of Education Statistics

The latest edition of the Digest of Education Statistics is a compilation of a wide array of data about education, including new information about important issues in public education. The Digest, compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is a comprehensive statistical reference for all levels of education, from prekindergarten through graduate school. Read more about NCES releases Digest of Education Statistics[…]

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Really Ready: Preparing ALL Middle and High School Students for College, Work and Life

What does it mean to be really ready for college, work, and life? The staff at Getting Smart worked with Apex Learning to publish Really Ready: Preparing ALL Middle and High School Students for College, Work and Life. The report finds that there is a direct connection between increasing graduation rates and student readiness. Students Read more about Really Ready: Preparing ALL Middle and High School Students for College, Work and Life[…]

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The Good News in Education

In a sea of bad news, Dick Startz, writing for the Brown Center Chalkboard at Brookings, reflects on the good news in American education: Graduation rates are up Over the last fifteen years, high school graduation rates have risen. The vast majority of adults have a high school diploma. White, Black, and Hispanic graduation rates Read more about The Good News in Education[…]

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New Report Examines the Status and Trends of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Education

The percentage of students completing high school and enrolling in college has increased over time for all racial and ethnic groups, according to a newly released report. However, despite these gains, the rate of progress has varied among groups, and gaps persist on key indicators of educational performance. The National Center for Education Statistics recently Read more about New Report Examines the Status and Trends of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Education[…]

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The Condition of Education

The National Center for Education Statistics has released The Condition of Education 2016. Listed below are several interesting highlights in this data: 1. Kindergartners’ Approaches to Learning, Family Socioeconomic Status, and Early Academic Gains First-time kindergartners who demonstrated positive approaches to learning behaviors more frequently in the fall of kindergarten tended to make greater gains Read more about The Condition of Education[…]

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High School Accountability Systems

In “Mind the Gap: The Case for Re-Imagining the Way States Judge High School Quality”, Chad Aldeman argues that new, more multidimensional ways of judging high school quality are essential. Current state and federal policies on high schools tend to reward schools that perform well on measures like test scores and graduation rates while forcing Read more about High School Accountability Systems[…]

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Don’t Quit on Me: The Power of Relationships for High School Graduation

Don’t Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say about the Power of Relationships examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving, and returning to high school. Building on previous studies, including last year’s Don’t Call Them Dropouts, Read more about Don’t Quit on Me: The Power of Relationships for High School Graduation[…]

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Progress and Ongoing Challenges: the American Graduation Rate

The U.S. is on track for a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020 after hitting a record high 81 percent this year. That’s according to the GradNation campaign’s sixth annual report released by America’s Promise Alliance, the Alliance for Excellent Education and others. The 10 largest states, including California, Florida, Georgia and North Read more about Progress and Ongoing Challenges: the American Graduation Rate[…]

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