November 2009 Archives

The makers of the two big college admissions exams are in a 'smackdown' for market share, Forbes magazine reports.


The Milwaukee school board wants more even distribution of special education students in the district's high schools.


Educators and policymakers debate whether Louisiana's career diploma represents a lowering of standards.


Race to the Top guidelines raise new questions about turning around the lowest-performing schools.


States are progressing nicely in developing longitudinal data systems, but most still lack the ability to track K-12 students into college, a study finds.


A proposed $2 billion competitive-grant program is aimed at helping districts turn around struggling high schools and their feeder middle schools.


A U.S. House subcommittee explores ways to improve literacy, including among adolescents.


Parent involvement must take a different form at the middle and high school levels, a Harvard researcher argues.


The Alliance for Excellent Education calculates how much the 50 largest metropolitan areas are losing in wages and in property, sales, and income taxes because students don't graduate from high school.


A survey finds that students devote as much or more time to watching television or surfing the Web as they do studying.


Report details the "9th grade bulge" in six states.


A new report examines the growth of career and technical education in California.


The final Race to the Top regulations outline what types of high school improvement work will position states well for a chunk of the grant money.


A new paper argues that postsecondary achievement is required for good jobs.


An annual survey measures student engagement in college; a new brief offers states guidance on how to assess student achievement at their colleges.


A Stanford professor says all the hype about competitive admissions only applies to a select few schools.


New report finds the stakes are rising for high school exit exams.


The ACLU sues Florida over Palm Beach County's low graduation rate.


A literacy bill, introduced in the U.S. Senate, would funnel 40 percent of its dollars to the middle and high school levels.


Retroactive diplomas in North Carolina, tougher grad requirements in South Dakota, and interesting interpretations of who's a junior in Illinois.


New paper raises questions about the interpretation of international college-attainment data.


The Ford Foundation announces a $100 million initiative to improve high schools.


A report calls for specific types of preparation for aspiring high school teachers.


Can community colleges deliver on high expectations?


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