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Balfanz, Robert; DePaoli, Jennifer; Atwell, Matthew; Bridgeland, John – Civic Enterprises, 2018
Students in America live in two educational nations. In the vast majority of high schools with 300 or more students, the average graduation rate is already at the national goal of 90 percent or more and dropping out is a rarity. In the remaining high schools, the average graduation rate is 49 percent and on-time graduation for students is only a…
Descriptors: High Schools, Low Achievement, Educational Change, School Turnaround
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
Casarico, Paul – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The requirement for continuous improvements and the lack of funds for schools to properly implement all the mandates puts schools in the inevitable position of having to make tough decisions with regards to programs. The central theme of NCLB requires states to adopt a plan for accountability that will lead to increased achievement for all…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, High School Students, Accountability
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Aud, Susan; Wilkinson-Flicker, Sidney; Kristapovich, Paul; Rathbun, Amy; Wang, Xiaolei; Zhang, Jijun – National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
To help inform policymakers and the public about the progress of education in the United States, Congress has mandated that the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) produce an annual report, "The Condition of Education." This year's report presents 42 indicators of important developments and trends in U.S. education. These…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Dropouts, Charter Schools, Educational Attainment
Scott, Caitlin; Dibner, Kenne – Center on Education Policy, 2012
Two schools in Michigan received ARRA SIG (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act School Improvement Grants) funds to enable them to implement their improvement efforts. This paper describes the outcomes of these two ARRA SIG recipient schools: (1) Phoenix Elementary-Middle School; and (2) Arthur Hill High School. The experiences of these…
Descriptors: Grants, High Schools, Elementary Schools, Case Studies
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Holme, Jennifer Jellison; Heilig, Julian Vasquez – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
High school exit exam requirements are affecting a growing number of U.S. students--particularly low-income students and students of color. This article examines the policy and legal landscape of exit testing policy to shed light on some of the key issues facing local school leaders charged with implementing these policies. The article first…
Descriptors: Exit Examinations, Testing, Low Income Groups, Court Litigation
Alabama Department of Education, 2012
Public education in Alabama is moving in the right direction and is poised to be a national model for the college and career readiness of its students. Through some of the most challenging financial circumstances, public education in Alabama has continued to show great promise in many areas, including reading, math, and science. The success of…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, State Surveys, Attendance
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011
Many industries in the United States already have seen positive results and increased productivity from the effective use of technology. With the challenges currently facing the nation's education system--including a persistent dropout rate of nearly 30 percent, slashed state and district budgets, and the economically and socially important goals…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Dropout Rate, Online Courses, Educational Practices
Education Trust, 2011
Parents and communities should have access to comprehensive, easily accessible data on how schools are doing. This report zeroes in on the expected reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as the opportunity for lawmakers to require public reporting on such crucial indicators as achievement, high schools, school…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Accountability
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011
Unfortunately, high schools are an afterthought in Title I, the federal government's primary source of support for educating low-income students. Only 10 percent of Title I funding supports high school students, while high schools educate almost one-fourth of the nation's low-income students. Nearly 1,300 high-poverty high schools are not even…
Descriptors: High Schools, Federal Legislation, Poverty, Elementary Secondary Education
Amos, Jason, Ed. – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011
"Straight A's: Public Education Policy and Progress" is a biweekly newsletter that focuses on education news and events both in Washington, DC and around the country. The following articles are included in this issue: (1) Senate Help Committee Passes Legislation to Rewrite No Child Left Behind; (2) Remediation Exasperation: New York…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Special Education, Community Colleges, Local Government
Amos, Jason, Ed. – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011
"Straight A's: Public Education Policy and Progress" is a biweekly newsletter that focuses on education news and events both in Washington, DC and around the country. The following articles are included in this issue: (1) Kline Introduces State and Local Funding Flexibility Act: Bill Would Allow States and School Districts to Move Money…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Civil Rights, Foreign Countries, Politics of Education
Alabama Department of Education, 2011
In a more consistent and viable manner than ever before, education in Alabama is moving toward its ultimate goal of providing every student with a quality education, thereby preparing them for work, college, and life after high school. Alabama's graduation rates from 2002 to 2008 increased significantly, tripling the national average increase and…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Student Characteristics, Attendance
Pepper, Matthew J.; London, Tim D.; Dishman, Mike L.; Lewis, Jessica L. – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2010
School leadership is synonymous with challenge. However, some school leaders face true crises--situations threatening the continuing existence of their school. "Leading Schools During Crisis" analyzes leadership and behaviors of principals in these extraordinary circumstances. A simultaneously scholarly and practice-oriented book,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Administrator Effectiveness
Missouri Department of Higher Education, 2010
This 2010 Annual Report for the Missouri Department of Higher Education takes a close look at the performance of Missouri's system of postsecondary education in Fiscal Year 2010. The annual report follows the format of the state's public agenda for higher education, "Imperatives for Change: Building a Higher Education System for the 21st…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Economics, Access to Computers, Access to Education
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