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ERIC Number: ED560251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Never Too Late: Why ESEA Must Fill the Missing Middle
Niebling, Rachel Bird; Lovell, Phillip
Alliance for Excellent Education
When President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law in 2002, the U.S. national high school graduation rate was 72.6 percent. Today, the national high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 81 percent and the number of low-graduation-rate high schools has declined considerably. While this progress is notable, significant work remains to ensure all students graduate from high school prepared for college, a career, and civic life. Evidence demonstrates that investments in high school turnaround efforts have succeeded. Moreover, research shows that the current federal strategy of investing in the early years and in postsecondary education, while largely skipping over middle and high schools, is unlikely to yield the greatest returns. An Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization provides the opportunity to implement a more coherent, evidence-based policy of reform and investment that includes middle and high schools. The methodology for Figures 1 and 2 is appended.
Alliance for Excellent Education. 1201 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-828-0828; Fax: 202-828-0821; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; California; Maryland; Missouri; Oregon
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001