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Alliance for Excellent Education, 2016
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 includes several provisions that support state and district efforts to prevent students from dropping out of high school and reengage out-of-school youth. Under ESSA, state plans must describe how the state will work with school districts to transition students from middle school to high school and…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, High School Students, Dropout Prevention
Cardichon, Jessica; Lovell, Phillip – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
Absent any federal requirement to monitor the performance of student subgroups, a significant number of states have implemented accountability systems that either ignore the performance of these students or provide only minimal oversight. As Congress moves forward with reauthorizing ESEA, it must codify the 2008 high school graduation rate…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Accountability, High School Students, High Schools
Cardichon, Jessica; Lovell, Phillip – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
The U.S. national high school graduation rate recently reached a record high with 81 percent of the Class of 2013 graduating within four years. While this accomplishment is laudable, it should not obscure the fact that more than 1,200 high schools, serving more than 1.1 million students, still fail to graduate one-third or more of their students…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, High School Students, High School Graduates, High Schools
Jones, Rachel; Hall, Sara White; Thigpen, Kamila; Murray, Tom; Loschert, Kristen – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
This report demonstrates how one predominantly low-income school district dramatically improved student engagement in the classroom and increased high school graduation rates through project-based learning (PBL) and the effective use of technology. The report, which includes short video segments with educators and students, focuses on Talladega…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Public Schools, Technology Uses in Education
Haynes, Mariana – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
This report examines how Xavier University of Louisiana's summer bridge program for middle and high school students prepares students of color to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This extensive report--interspersed with video highlights of the program--provides a lens into the kind of academic and social…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Middle School Students, High School Students, Competence
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
In conjunction with the White House Next Gen High School Summit on November 10, a new report finds that the number of high school dropouts decreased from 1 million in 2008 to approximately 750,000 in 2012. The report, released by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and Everyone Graduates Center,…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Rate, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
Niebling, Rachel Bird; Lovell, Phillip – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
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,…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change
Roc, Martens – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2014
This report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Digital Learning Media (DLM) initiative that schools and out-of-school sites are adopting to enhance student learning and outcomes by connecting their education to their interests. Connected learning uses digital media to…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Interests, Learning Strategies, Cooperation
Haynes, Mariana – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2014
The majority of students are leaving high school without the reading and writing skills needed to succeed in college and a career. Many of the more than 700,000 students who leave U.S. high schools each year without a diploma have low literacy skills. In America today, one in five students fails to graduate from high school on time. The…
Descriptors: Literacy, Reading Skills, High School Students, Reading Achievement
Cardichon, Jessica; Roc, Martens – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2013
Middle and high school students subjected to harsh school discipline policies and practices such as suspensions and expulsions are more likely to disengage from the classroom and course work, and increases their chances of dropping out, according to this new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. The report recommends implementing…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, School Culture, Outreach Programs
Haynes, Mariana – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2013
Using Seattle Public Schools (SPS) as a model, this Alliance for Excellent Education report shows how high-quality curriculum and innovative school designs that support the use of students' home languages, as well as English, produce better outcomes for English language learners (ELLs). The report also shows how SPS develops educators who value…
Descriptors: International Schools, International Education, Global Approach, Secondary Education
DeBaun, Bill; Roc, Martens – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2013
The nation could save as much as $18.5 billion in annual crime costs if the high school male graduation rate increased by only 5 percentage points, a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education finds. This report examines and builds upon research that links lower levels of educational attainment with higher rates of arrests and…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Crime Prevention, Salary Wage Differentials, Graduation Rate
Haynes, Mariana – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2013
For a century, most students have advanced from grade to grade based on the number of days they spend in class, but in New Hampshire, schools have moved away from "seat time" and toward "competency-based learning," which advances students when they have mastered course content. This report profiles how two high schools in New…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, High Schools, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
Lovell, Phillip; Cardichon, Jessica; Jones, Fred – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2013
Based on an extensive analysis of state waiver plans, this report shows that recent progress in holding schools accountable for how many students they graduate from high school--the ultimate goal of K-12 education--may be slowed in some states based on waivers recently granted under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, High Schools
DeBaun, Bill; Roc, Martens – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2013
Cutting the number of high school dropouts in half nationally would save $7.3 billion in annual Medicaid spending, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. "Well 'and' Well-Off: Decreasing Medicaid and Health-Care Costs by Increasing Educational Attainment" examines Medicaid spending for all fifty states and…
Descriptors: Health Care Costs, Educational Attainment, Alcoholism, Heart Disorders
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