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Not All School Attendance Data Are Created Equal

To address absenteeism, it's not enough to just look at numbers of school days students miss, write Russell Rumberger and Michael Gottfried. (May 8, 2015)

Spotlight on Dropout Prevention

This Spotlight examines how schools are using new strategies and a whatever-it-takes attitude to discourage dropping out and boost graduation rates.

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What States and Nonprofits Are Doing to Encourage Early High School Graduation
To save money and encourage students to work hard, states and nonprofits offer incentives for early high school graduation.

What Students Are Saying About College Readiness and What High Schools Can Do
Students surveyed by the College Board one year after graduating from high school voiced regret about not taking more difficult courses to better prepare themselves for college.

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Diplomas Count
This report reconsiders the "college for all" movement and examines postsecondary options for students.

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Flooding impoverished schools with health and social services is not new, but these so-called "community schools" initiatives are gaining steam in places like New York City. But is it an effective strategy for improving long struggling schools?
July 12, 2017 – Education Week
Free community college is an exciting idea, but it's not enough to get students over the finish line, cautions Kate Schwass.
June 23, 2017 – Education Week
A loophole created when Congress dumped Obama-era ESSA rules could allow states to avoid publicly identifying high schools in need of intensive help.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Reporting mandates, new leeway in using federal aid, and the chance to make student absenteeism a school-quality indicator all raise the issue's policy profile.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Nationwide, data show that nearly 7 percent of high school freshmen stop out for four weeks or more—and then return to graduate.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
A focus on the bottom of the scale may mask challenges for higher-performing schools when it comes to boosting achievement for students who lag behind.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
A new analysis of federal data finds half of the nation’s chronically absent students are enrolled in 4 percent of school districts.
September 14, 2016 – Education Week
To address absenteeism, it's not enough to just look at numbers of school days students miss, write Russell Rumberger and Michael Gottfried.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
Eighty-two percent of the class of 2014 graduated on time, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, but American Indian, black, and Latino students continue to trail their white peers.
June 2, 2016 – Education Week
Helping students rethink the emotions they feel during stressful transitions can make a big difference, new research has found.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week

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