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February 10, 2014

Higher Accountability for College Dropout Rates

As far as the colleges and universities are concerned, higher accountability should be demanded from educators, students, parents and really any Americans that want the best economy and highest-educated population. Public institutions, in particular, should be subject to restructuring or take over if dropout rates are too high. The lack of delivery on the college degree dream at many of these schools is appalling, frankly, and has gone on long enough.

December 11, 2013

Raising Compulsory Attendance Age Needs Further Study, Report Says

A national study found few states have investigated whether decisions to raise compulsory school attendance ages actually reduced dropout rates. The study recommends a careful review of the effects as Maryland raises its attendance age in two phases.

October 29, 2013

The Challenges of Brazilian Secondary Education

Maria Helena GuimarĂ£es de Castro discusses key challenges facing secondary education in Brazil.

October 05, 2013

Who Cares About At-Risk Students?

A new documentary follows troubled teenager Kelsey Carroll on her difficult road to graduation, and the help that schools can offer even in the toughest situations.

September 19, 2013

The 'Dropout Crisis' Is a Poverty Crisis

Only the school district that can address its own climate and turn around a sluggish economy by itself will be the one that prevents dropouts.

August 02, 2013

Alabama Unveils New Student Re-Engagement Plan

The "Unified and Comprehensive System of Learning Supports for Alabama Students" design document focuses on prevention and early intervention, shifting the focus away from reactionary measures.

July 30, 2013

News From the Future: You're Going to Drop Out

A new dropout-warning system being built in Montgomery County, Md., can flag 75 percent of future dropouts as early as the second semester of 1st grade. But what do you do with that kind of information?

July 16, 2013

Dropouts Are Driving Up Medicaid Costs, Says New Report

A new study adds further clout to the idea that dropouts are a national problem, not a personal one—because they cost the medical system money.

July 11, 2013

Well-Behaved Students and Engaged Students Aren't the Same Thing

While educators often focus on class behavior as a measure of student engagement, a new study finds subtler facets of engagement can be harder to flag but just as critical for their long-term academic success.

July 02, 2013

An Effective Way to Change School Climate: Offer Money

Two unconnected stories both exemplify that, at any age range, positive reinforcement works wonders.

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