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February 20, 2019

Skipping 12th Grade? A New Report Suggests Allowing It

More than 850,000 students are ready for college work by the end of 11th grade, a new report finds. So why not let them finish high school and begin college studies full-time?

November 29, 2018

Questions About Credit Recovery Fall Disproportionately on Poor, Minority Students

The schools that rely most heavily on credit recovery to graduate their students are the ones that serve large populations of low-income and minority teenagers.

October 04, 2018

Why ESSA Misses Hundreds of Low-Graduation-Rate High Schools

At nearly half a million students' high schools, half or more of the freshmen disappear before graduation, and federal law doesn't require those schools to get better, according to a new study.

September 17, 2018

Does Too Much Credit Recovery Lead to Inflated Graduation Rates?

Schools that rely most heavily on credit recovery produce bigger increases in their graduation rates, even though their students perform poorly on state achievement tests. The finding adds fuel to the controversy about graduation-rate inflation.

July 25, 2018

Credit Recovery: Are Face-to-Face Classes Better Than Online?

A new study finds that teaching credit-recovery courses face-to-face isn't any more effective at helping students graduate on time than teaching those courses online.

July 11, 2018

These Disciplinary Practices Can Lead Students to Drop Out of School

Using suspension as a disciplinary tactic can lead students to leave school altogether, feeling that no adult cared enough to understand their problems or provide support, according to a new study of Minnesota students.

January 09, 2018

Gates Seeks to Fund Creation of Networks to Guide Secondary School Improvement

Part of its recently announced $1.7 billion investment in K-12, the foundation is looking for groups to keep tabs on networks trying out different approaches to improve middle and high schools.

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.

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