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Equity & Diversity 'Was I Part of the Problem?' A Journalist Studies Her Own Reporting on Race
Veteran reporter Debra Viadero invites researchers to scrutinize her decades of reporting for racial bias.
Debra Viadero, September 23, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Teacher Prep Needs More Focus on Students With Disabilities, Report Says
To their detriment, teacher preparation programs 'do not center students with disabilities in their curriculum,' a new report from the Center for American Progress concludes.
Corey Mitchell, January 23, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says High School Completions on Par for Black, White Students
For the first time in 40 years, the percentage of black 18- to 24-year-olds with a high school credential was nearly the same as that of their white peers, data from the National Center for Education Statistics show, but racial gaps remain for earning an on-time diploma.
Megan Ruge, January 21, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says Support for Black Boys Boosts Graduation Rates
A new evaluation of an Oakland, Calif., school district program designed to wrap black male students in a culturally rich and supportive environment is paying off.
Christina A. Samuels, October 29, 2019
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Special Education Preparing Students for Life After Special Education? Here's How Federal Dollars Can Help
When can schools use federal funds to help students with disabilities prepare for life after special education? A new resource from the federal education department offers a road map.
Corey Mitchell, September 18, 2019
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Every Student Succeeds Act Opinion A Wake-Up Call on Student Homelessness
Homeless students' graduation rates should be a national priority for us all, urge John King and John Bridgeland.
John King & John Bridgeland, August 27, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Are End-of-Course Exams an Alternative to Exit Exams? Maybe
End-of-course tests in some courses may support graduation rates, finds a new study.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 27, 2019
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Odessa High School graduate Andrea Perea waves to family members in the crowd during a graduation ceremony for the class of 2019 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas.
Odessa High School graduate Andrea Perea waves to family members in the crowd during a graduation ceremony for the class of 2019 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas.
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College & Workforce Readiness Is the Nation's Rising Graduation Rate Real?
More high school students than ever are graduating, and a new report suggests that’s not due to lowered standards—it’s because students are actually learning more.
Catherine Gewertz, June 11, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Migrant Students
An estimated 98,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year, but those graduates remain "at risk of deportation and will face severely limited opportunities to pursue further work and education," finds a new report from the Migration Policy Institute.
Corey Mitchell, April 30, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness English-Learners and Graduation: How ESSA Could Penalize ELLs and Their Schools
The Every Student Succeeds Act could lead administrators in traditional high schools to turn away older English-learner students who may need additional time to earn their high school diplomas, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute argues.
Corey Mitchell, April 29, 2019
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Equity & Diversity 100,000 Undocumented Students Graduate From U.S. High Schools Each Year, Analysis Finds
The new analysis significantly increases the annual estimate of undocumented high school students earning diplomas that has long been used in debates about immigration and special protections for immigrant youth who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children.
Corey Mitchell, April 24, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness From Our Research Center Many Online Charter Schools Fail to Graduate Even Half of Their Students on Time
If you're a student attending a virtual charter high school, the chances are pretty high that the majority of your classmates are not going to earn a diploma on time, an Education Week Research Center analysis finds.
Arianna Prothero & Alex Harwin, April 18, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Letter to the Editor Graduation Rates Aren't the Whole Story
To the Editor:
As a follow up to a recent article about public charter high school graduation rates: Preparing students to live happy and productive lives is at the heart of our education system ("In Many Charter High Schools, Graduation Odds Are Slim," February 26, 2019). However, graduation rates are overly simplified and not always an accurate reflection of these efforts, especially when it comes to many public charter schools' unique student demographics.
March 20, 2019
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Student Well-Being Schools Finding Record Numbers of Homeless Students, Study Says
Nearly 1.36 million children went to school in 2017 without knowing where they would sleep at night, a new report finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 12, 2019
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