The U.S. high school graduation rate has risen yet again, to a new all-time high of 84.6 percent. But questions persist about what is driving the steady gain.
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December 12, 2018
Retaking the SAT and scoring 100 points higher doesn't change students' thinking about where they should apply to college, a new study finds.
November 29, 2018
Federal watchdogs find that Utah inflated its high school graduation rate in the last of a series of reports warning states not to make end runs around the rules for calculating graduation rates.
October 04, 2018
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
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.
June 05, 2018
A new report shows more high schools with low graduation rates, even as the nation's high school graduation rate soars to an all-time high.
March 01, 2018
In the wake of a major graduation-rate scandal, the District of Columbia school system reports a big anticipated drop in this year's high school graduation rate.
February 01, 2018
A scathing report on violations of graduation rules in the District of Columbia shines a spotlight on a nationwide problem: Chronic absenteeism.
January 17, 2018
A federal audit finds that California inflated its 2013-14 high school graduation rate by 2 percentage points, largely by misclassifying students who transferred to community college and adult-education programs.
December 21, 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.