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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; Roc, Martens – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
Too frequently, education reform takes a siloed view that focuses on an individual issue instead of a broader and more comprehensive perspective. For example, students' lack of access to challenging and rigorous course work and their lack of access to experienced, engaging, and effective teachers are often discussed as separate issues rather than…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Discipline, Difficulty Level
Slaven, Chip – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
Schools have long collected information about students, from basic emergency contact details to daily attendance statistics. But only recently have schools used education technology to collect solid, reliable information (or data) about how students learn--as well as details about their strengths, challenges, and individual traits that impact…
Descriptors: Data, Learning, Students, Data Collection
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
Rothman, Robert – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
In 2002, the Monroe County, Georgia, school system was, according to its then-superintendent Scott Cowart, "underperforming." Test scores were low, and several schools faced interventions under the new No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). One decade later, the 4,000-student school district in central Georgia is one of the highest-performing…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Schools, Educationally Disadvantaged, Minority Group Children
Haynes, Mariana – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2015
Noting that 60 percent of both fourth and eighth graders currently struggle with reading, this report urges the U.S. Congress to focus on students' literacy development from early childhood through grade twelve as it works to rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Literacy Education, Grade 4, Grade 8
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
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2014
In comments submitted April 7, 2014, the Alliance for Excellent Education called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize the federal E-rate program in order to lay the foundation for expanding the program through increased funding. These comments are in response to an E-rate Public Notice issued by the FCC on March 6, 2014…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Financial Support, Federal Aid, Federal Government
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2014
States face a critical decision in the next year: how to assess student learning against new college- and career-ready standards. This decision has important ramifications, because testing and assessment have long had a powerful influence on instructional practice. Thus the assessment that states choose will affect teaching and learning in…
Descriptors: State Policy, Guides, Academic Achievement, Career Readiness
Thigpen, Kamila – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2014
Digital badges--defined as digital credentials that convey an array of skills, interests, and achievements--are steadily growing in acceptance as a way to validate learning that takes place not only in school but also at home and in a number of other out-of-school settings. This report builds on the growing body of literature about digital badge…
Descriptors: Certification, Credentials, Skills, Interests
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
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