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March 21, 2017

Helping English-Learners Graduate From High School: Lessons From New York

Some New York City schools have valuable lessons to offer in boosting graduation rates for English-learners.

February 22, 2017

Investigation: High Schools Hide Dropouts by Steering Them to Alternative Programs

A ProPublica investigation finds that many high schools game their accountability systems by funneling their worst achievers to alternative schools, where they learn little or drop out.

December 06, 2016

Numbers of High School Graduates Expected to Decline, Stagnate, Report Says

A pending national plateau in the number of high school graduates is fueled by a decline in the white student population, although there is projected to be a surge in Hispanic and Asian high school graduates.

November 10, 2016

Can Texting Lead to Sustained Attendance Gains for High Schools? Nope.

A New York City experiment tried using text messages to tell parents whether their high school students were showing up for class, but it didn't produce sustained improvement in students' attendance.

November 03, 2016

With 95 Kinds of High School Diplomas, What Does 'Graduation' Mean?

A new report finds that there are 95 different kinds of high school diplomas nationwide, and that many fall short of requiring students to complete courses that prepare them for college or good jobs.

October 27, 2016

High School Poverty, Minority Enrollment, Undermine College Progress, Study Finds

The National Student Clearinghouse report quantifies what most educators know: Students from schools with high rates of poverty or large enrollments of minority students enroll in college, and complete college, at much lower rates than their more advantaged peers.

August 31, 2016

Colorado Expands Students' Options for Earning High School Diplomas

Colorado has established new statewide graduation requirements, but they allow students to choose from a menu of ways to prove they're ready for diplomas.

June 13, 2016

Intense Focus Needed to Help Homeless Students Stay in School, Study Argues

Disconnections make it tough for homeless students to stay in school, says a new study, but new requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act bolster resources for their support.

May 11, 2016

School Choice Hasn't Fixed Graduation-Rate Inequity in N.Y.C., Study Says

Despite more than a decade of letting students choose where to attend high school, students who live in poor neighborhoods of New York City still graduate at far lower rates than their wealthier peers.

May 09, 2016

Charter, Alternative, Virtual Schools Account for Most Low-Grad-Rate Schools, Study Finds

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.

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