SOMETHING IN COMMON: Under New Regulations, States Must Adopt Uniform Calculation for High School Graduation Rates by 2010: In order to bring more coherence to the way states calculate what percentage of students graduate from high school, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced on October 28 that states must use a uniform calculation for determining every high school’s graduation rate. The rule, which will become effective beginning in the 2010–11 school year, was part of the long-awaited final regulations for Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
COUNTING ON GRADUATION: Ed Trust Report Examines State Policies on Graduation Rates: Noting that the new federal regulations are likely to increase transparency around how well states and schools graduate their students, a new report from The Education Trust argues that most state accountability systems still exhibit a “surprising indifference” toward improving high school graduation rates. According to the report, Counting on Graduation, the graduation rate goals that states set under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) range from a low of 50 percent in Nevada to a high of 95 percent in Indiana.
RELATIONSHIPS, RIGOR, AND READINESS: New Report Examines Urban District Interventions to Improve Student Achievement: The reforms that some urban districts employ are promising and grounded in research-based principles, but little is known about their effectiveness in raising student attainment and achievement because they have not been rigorously tested. In order to better identify strategies for improving underperforming high schools, practitioners and researchers should build a shared learning community in which researchers are responsive to the needs of district and school leaders and practitioners are committed to taking lessons from research and to building knowledge as they innovate.
ONE DREAM, TWO REALITIES: Report Finds Many Parents Feel Shut Out of Their Children’s Schools: An overwhelming majority of parents have high aspirations for their children and think it is important to be involved in their children’s education. However, parents of children in low-performing high schools feel that they lack the tools and information to do so. So finds One Dream, Two Realities: Perspectives of Parents on America’s High Schools, the new report by Civic Enterprises in association with Peter D. Hart Research Associates and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation...