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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.
—Jacob Ford/Associated Press

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. (June 11, 2019)

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Literacy for the Workplace
The modern workplace is evolving and employers say that students need different kinds of literacy skills in order to thrive in it. Will English classes change in response?

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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Adolescent Learners?
What are the areas of opportunity in middle school math, how effective is instilling growth mindsets among adolescent learners, and are high school students reading books at the appropriate grade level?

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In rural communities with shrinking populations, schools are enlisting students to help prevent the U.S. Census Bureau from undercounting them next year.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
A new study of violent attacks in schools over the last decade reveal that most of the student attackers were motivated by a specific grievance and every single one of them was experiencing extreme stress.
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers open doors for students to fuel their curiosity and pursue passion projects, but educators warn against making it a free-for-all.
November 6, 2019 – Education Week
The vast majority of teens surveyed report that vaping is ever-present in their daily experience, and a majority say they frequently see related posts on social media. But teens are also getting the message that vaping can cause serious medical issues.
November 4, 2019 – Education Week
The nation’s high school students continue to struggle in the subject areas that are deemed essential for later success, according to the latest results from the ACT college admissions test.
October 30, 2019 – Education Week
We desperately need to level the playing field in college admissions, writes Mandy Savitz-Romer. School counselors are a good place to start.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
It's time to move beyond grades, FAFSA applications, and test scores when getting students ready for higher education, writes Clewiston D. Challenger.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
It's high time to question the place of Shakespeare in our classrooms, writes middle school teacher Christina Torres. Our kids deserve to study stories that represent and validate their experiences and cultures. But throwing the Bard out entirely isn't the answer either.
October 1, 2019 – Teacher
When students organized a drive to register their fellow students on campus, they found their voice and their power, writes teacher Jacqulyn Whang.
September 4, 2019 – Teacher
A national study of nearly 12,500 9th graders finds that two sessions of a 25-minute exercise on “growth mindset” can boost students’ grades and their willingness to take on challenging classes.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week

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