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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, seated, hands over a pen to state Rep. Steve Montenegro, a fellow Republican, after signing a bill requiring students to pass a civics test to graduate from high school.
—Ross D. Franklin/AP-File

U.S. Citizenship Test Gains Traction as Diploma Criterion

Arizona and North Dakota require high school students to correctly answer portions of the test to graduate, and other states are weighing such a mandate. (March 24, 2015)

Spotlight on Middle and High School Literacy

This Spotlight looks at the strategies for working with middle and high school students on literacy skills, as educators are learning it's not just young children who need the help.

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06/26 04:36 pm | High School Dropout Rates Remain Flat | A new NCES report shows little progress in recent years improving dropout numbers, although improvements have been made since 1972.

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Lessons from New York City's Small High Schools
In this webinar, experts discussed what research says about New York City's small schools, and what makes them an effective option for the city's disadvantaged students.

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The Senior Slump: Strategies to Keep Students Motivated
Strategies to keep students engaged are outlined in this online chat including college-level course offerings, internships, and independent study.

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The Education Week Research Center compiled data from the U.S. Department of Education in order to shed light on the high school achievement and post-high-school outcomes of students with special needs. The results highlight key patterns regarding the educational status of this population.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
The latest federal calculations show that while 81 percent of students in the class of 2013 graduated on time, just 62 percent of those with disabilities did so.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
Leaders of elite public high schools are banding together to find ways to enroll more students from low-income families and underrepresented minority groups.
May 19, 2015 - Education Week
A campaign in Lawrence, Mass., to convince students not to give up on diplomas includes intensive supports and customized pathways to graduation.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
Educators should dissuade students from entering colleges with low graduation rates, write Joseph Sanacore and Anthony T. Palumbo.
April 21, 2015 - Education Week
Nearly 200 colleges and universities agreed to use Smarter Balanced assessment results in deciding which students take remedial courses.
April 21, 2015 - Education Week
Arizona and North Dakota require high school students to correctly answer portions of the test to graduate, and other states are weighing such a mandate.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Amid new efforts to improve outcomes for black and Latino boys, some civil rights advocates ask if districts are violating federal protections meant to ensure educational quality for girls.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Even some of the most ardent supporters of the standards say the ones developed for the upper grades have weaknesses and should be revisited.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
The latest signs from the U.S. Department of Education point to another year of record-breaking graduation rates, but experts differ on the reasons why.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week

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