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June 15, 2018

Alternative High Schools: A Call for Better Accountability

States must figure out new, fairer ways of holding alternative high schools accountable for graduation, a new study argues.

December 21, 2017

Testing, Bachelor's Degrees and More: the Most-Read 'High School & Beyond' Posts of 2017

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

Does Your State Have a Good Plan to Ensure Students Are Career-Ready?

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

How Good Is Your State's High School Accountability Plan?

A new online "dashboard" summarizes and rates states' plans for high school accountability.

February 27, 2017

Smarter Balanced Looks to Partner With SAT or ACT on Hybrid Test

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

U.S. Ed. Dept. Defers Approval of ACT for Accountability in Wyoming, Wisconsin

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 Report of ACT Scores to Feds Called Into Question

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 More Honest Way of Reporting College Readiness?

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

PARCC Continues to Fade at the High School Level

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

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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