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Number of High Schools With Low Graduation Rates Is Rising

As the national graduation rate rises, so does the number of schools with low-graduation rates. What gives? (June 12, 2018)

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Diplomas Count was published by Education Week from 1996 to 2016 as an essential guide to graduation policy and rates.

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05/16 12:22 am | Does Higher Ed Really Pay Off? New Gates-Funded Commission Aims to Find Out | As the cost of college rises and students go deeper into debt, families are increasingly asking whether higher education is worth the cost. A new commission is tasked with ...

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March 20, 2019 – Education Week
States have a new opportunity to help homeless students under ESSA, but only if they plan strategically, write Barbara Duffield & John Bridgeland.
August 1, 2017 – Education Week
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

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