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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.
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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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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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The revelations about District of Columbia schools have unleashed a wave of questions about the pressures and incentives built into U.S. high schools, and fueled nagging doubts that states’ rising high school graduation rates—and the country’s all-time-high rate of 84 percent—aren’t what they seem.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week
The uncharacteristic silence of education’s accountability hawks on Washington’s fraudulent graduation rate reveals their partisan blinders, writes Erika Sanzi.
February 8, 2018 – Education Week
To solve some of our biggest challenges, young people must be inspired to connect and work with people regardless of backgrounds, argues David Simas, the CEO of the Obama Foundation.
January 10, 2018 – Education Week
A national program is working with teachers around the country to persuade students that reciting other people's poetry can be as transformative as performing their own.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
Experts and policymakers offer differing thoughts on the reasons behind the recent rises in high school graduation rates, which are affecting students from nearly every racial and income group and those with disabilities.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
Interact with the charts below to see how graduation rates for U.S. students, and different student populations, have changed over time and how your state's graduation rate compares.
December 7, 2017 – Education Week
Illinois sparks controversy by setting its bar for proficiency higher than the college-readiness score on the SAT.
November 17, 2017 – Education Week
A long-running California program teaches parents how to advocate for their children and navigate a sometimes-unfamiliar school system.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
GreatSchools.org, whose reviews are seen by more than 50 million people, is expanding its ratings indicators to provide a more nuanced statistical portrait of schools.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
Fewer freshmen are failing at Summit High School, thanks to a program that trains juniors and seniors to mentor younger peers.
November 1, 2017 – Education Week

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