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More students are graduating but are they leaving high school prepared?
Last month the U.S. Department of Education released preliminary data showing the U.S. is on-track to set yet another record on-time high school graduation rate. While a preliminary national rate was not provided, the data showed that at least 36 states have increased their graduation rates over the previous year which reported an unprecedented 81 […]
U.S. Performance Slumps According to National Report Card
U.S. Performance Slumps According to National Report Card There is simply no way to sugar coat today’s NAEP 4th and 8th grade math and reading results. They were disappointing to say the least. With the exception of a few states and districts results remained flat or declined across both grades and subjects between 2015 and […]
School choice + objective information = Real choice
Giving parents and students the ability to choose their school is promoted by supporters as the key to improving American education overall. On the surface, the idea has great appeal. Who, after all, opposes having choices? Indeed, both Republican and Democratic policymakers have embraced school choice in various forms that range from opening up alternatives […]
Fewer, better tests
Parents have been concerned about the amount of testing their children have been subjected to in recent years. To the point where some are choosing to opt their children out of certain standardized tests. Yet, a number of educators, policymakers and education organizations have expressed the need for such tests to identify those students whose needs […]
State graduation rates continue to climb
Even though the high school Class of 2013 reached a record on-time graduation rate of 81 percent,  it appears like the Class of 2014 is poised to pass their classmates. According to preliminary data released this afternoon from the U.S. Department of Education, 36 states saw improvements in their on-time high school graduates rates over […]
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How good are your schools? How can they improve? Data can provide answers.
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