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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.

Issue Backgrounder

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College Bound Blog

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.

On-Demand Webinar

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.

Chat Transcript

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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Attempts a decade ago to engage students in their senior year largely fizzled, but some states and districts have adopted innovative strategies.
June 11, 2012 - Education Week
But some K-12 schools, colleges, and nonprofits are helping Hispanic students make the leap from high school to higher education.
June 1, 2012 - Education Week
A stratified system means long odds for students in Philadelphia's neighborhood high schools hoping to get a college education.
May 18, 2012 - Education Week
To prepare more at-risk students for the rigors of college, institutions are providing transitional classes and support services.
May 8, 2012 - Education Week
Traditional high schools are outdated, and new school configurations are needed, Jerry Diakiw writes.
May 8, 2012 - Education Week
Changes would be aimed at ensuring the program better prepares students to join the labor force.
April 24, 2012 - Education Week
Attention is growing on ways to smooth the transition from the correctional facility to the classroom for student ex-offenders.
April 23, 2012 - Education Week
State policymakers are catching on to the concept of student learning plans as a way to drive college and career readiness.
March 23, 2012 - Education Week
Several schools aiming to better prepare students for a global economy and foster cultural understanding between the United States and China have established online student exchange programs.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week
While there are drawbacks—such as technological glitches that interrupt instruction—online educators say the opportunities to build alliances with colleagues worldwide allow them to strengthen their own teaching.
January 30, 2012 - Education Week

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