States must figure out new, fairer ways of holding alternative high schools accountable for graduation, a new study argues.
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The most-read blog posts of 2017 show a wide-ranging interest in financial aid, the value of high school diplomas and bachelor's degrees, and, yes, testing screwups.
July 06, 2017
A new report analyzes states' career-readiness plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, and finds a lot of promise, but also many missed opportunities.
June 23, 2017
A new online "dashboard" summarizes and rates states' plans for high school accountability.
February 27, 2017
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium put out a request for proposal today seeking a partnership to create a test that both measures standards-mastery and can be used for college admissions.
January 20, 2017
Wisconsin and Wyoming were unable to win full approval from the U.S. Department of Education to use the ACT as their high school test. The department has demanded "substantial additional information" before it will consider approving the states' use of the exam.
January 20, 2017
Montana's new superintendent alleges that her predecessor misrepresented the state's ACT scores to the U.S. Department of Education.
September 29, 2016
A new paper argues that states should make a major change in how they report college readiness for accountability, a move that provides a more complete picture, but risks making states' numbers look worse.
July 26, 2016
Rhode Island and Illinois follow a national trend that shows states increasingly dropping PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments in high school, and using them predominantly in elementary and middle school.
May 09, 2016
The seventh annual "Grad Nation" report finds that nontraditional high schools contribute disproportionately to the picture of low graduation rates, and calls for greater attention to these schools, especially since they serve large shares of vulnerable students.