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Loewenberg, David – Education Next, 2020
In 2018, the high-school graduation rate in Newburgh, New York, climbed to 78 percent, up from 66 percent just five years earlier. Central to this success was Newburgh's use of online credit-recovery classes. For decades, high-school students who failed a required class were presented with two unappealing options: either repeat the course next…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Repetition, Required Courses, High School Students
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Kelchen, Robert; Erickson, Lanae – Education Next, 2020
After decades of slow growth, the share of young Americans completing college has increased to 48 percent in 2019, from 39 percent 10 years earlier. What accounts for the rise? Are more students clearing a meaningful bar for graduation, or are colleges and universities engaging in credential inflation and lowering their academic standards? This…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Federal Aid
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Kelchen, Robert – Education Next, 2020
The federal government currently provides more than $150 billion each year to students and their families in the form of grants, loans, work-study funds, and tax credits to help make college more affordable. This sizable public investment in higher education has indeed made college attendance possible for a larger share of Americans. However,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Federal Aid
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Erickson, Lanae – Education Next, 2020
Completing a college degree, or failing to, is a major factor in determining whether a person will have an economically stable future. While it might have been possible a few decades ago to graduate from high school, enter the job market, and find a career that enabled one to earn a solid middle-class life, that path to success has been almost…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Federal Aid
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Henderson, Michael B.; Houston, David M.; Peterson, Paul E.; West, Martin R. – Education Next, 2020
With the 2020 presidential election campaign now underway, education-policy proposals previously at the edge of the political debate are entering the mainstream. Support for increasing teacher pay is higher now than at any point since 2008, and a majority of the public favors more federal funding for local schools. Free college commands the…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Teacher Salaries, School Choice, Educational Policy
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Toppo, Greg – Education Next, 2020
Accommodations, deserved or undeserved, have been under the microscope in 2019. They played a prominent role in this year's Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, with prosecutors alleging that wealthy parents persuaded willing psychologists to say their child needed extra time in special testing centers--in a few cases, ringers proctored the…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Individualized Education Programs, Thinking Skills, Timed Tests
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Conn, Katharine M.; Lovison, Virginia S.; Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung – Education Next, 2020
Does the experience of teaching in low-income schools through Teach for America (TFA) affect individuals' views on education policy and reform? And if so, how? For this article, the authors surveyed TFA applicants for the 2007-15 cohorts to find out. The survey targeted the set of applicants who had advanced to the competitive program's final…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Attitudes, Disadvantaged Schools
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Matus, Ron – Education Next, 2020
Today, nearly three quarters of Miami-Dade students are enrolled in choice programs. That makes Miami-Dade the most choice-rich district in arguably the most choice-rich state. Parents and teachers who live in Miami-Dade now access more than 500 non-district schools that didn't exist or weren't accessible 20 years ago, and everybody knows even…
Descriptors: School Choice, School Districts, Superintendents, Charter Schools
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Solomont, E. B. – Education Next, 2020
There's considerable public debate about charter schools and students with specialized needs, focused mainly on the extent to which charters enroll students who are classified to receive special-education services. A new study by Elizabeth Setren of Tufts University shows that critics, who often charge that charters do not serve as many…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Charter Schools, Special Needs Students, Students with Disabilities
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Gershenson, Seth – Education Next, 2020
Grade inflation is pervasive in American high schools. Is rampant grade inflation cause for concern? How teachers' grading standards affect student success is an empirical question--one that the author addresses in this article in a new study of roughly 350,000 North Carolina students taking Algebra I between 2006 and 2016. The author first…
Descriptors: Grading, Grade Inflation, Academic Standards, High School Students
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Kane, Thomas J.; Boatman, Angela; Kozakowski, Whitney; Bennett, Christopher; Hitch, Rachel; Weisenfeld, Dana – Education Next, 2020
For millions of students at American colleges, freshman year starts off with an unpleasant surprise: despite graduating high school, students find themselves assigned to remedial classes in math or English, which they must pay for and pass before being allowed into college-level courses. Policymakers looking to increase postsecondary enrollment…
Descriptors: College Students, Remedial Programs, Remedial Mathematics, Online Courses
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Setren, Elizabeth – Education Next, 2020
Maximizing the potential of all students is the stated goal of many schools. When some students have specialized needs, however, the best way forward isn't always clear. Nationwide, special-education students and English learners account for a significant share of total enrollment: federal data from 2016 show 14 percent of all students receive…
Descriptors: Special Education, English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, Inclusion
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Cohen, Eliot A. – Education Next, 2020
Particularly for Americans, patriotic history is a kind of glue for an extraordinarily diverse republic. Civic education requires students engage with their history--not only to know whence conventions, principles, and laws have come, but also to develop an attachment to them. This article looks at how American history should educate, but also…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Citizenship Education, Civics, Patriotism
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Lake, Robin J. – Education Next, 2020
Today, Indianapolis has 21 innovation schools serving one in four of its public-school students. Two new rigorous studies point to promising student-achievement gains. These autonomous district schools stand against a backdrop of a thriving public charter sector and a private-school voucher program that fill the gaps. What made this all possible?…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, School District Autonomy
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Polikoff, Morgan S.; Petrilli, Michael J.; Loveless, Tom – Education Next, 2020
The Common Core State Standards, released in 2010, were rapidly adopted by more than 40 states. Champions maintained that these rigorous standards would transform American education, but the initiative went on to encounter a bumpy path. A decade on, what are we to make of this ambitious effort? What kind of impact, if any, has it had on the…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, National Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools
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