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October 1, 2018
Tennessee’s 2018 graduation rate is steady at 89 percent. See how your school did.
Just over 89 percent of Tennessee’s public high school students graduated on time in 2018, maintaining the state’s record-high rate from last year.
How I Teach
August 8, 2018
Don’t just help students graduate. Prepare them for what’s next, says high school teacher
An environmental engineer-turned-teacher shares how she helps students learn to love math and get prepared for university.
August 3, 2018
More students are taking AP exams, but researchers don’t know if that helps them
“AP is such an important element of high school for kids and teachers, and we don’t really understand how it’s impacting student experiences."
August 2, 2018
More Indiana students of color are graduating college. But many are still being left behind
The report noted a bright spot among students from low-income families who receive 21st Century Scholarships.
March 8, 2018
Meet the Staten Island elementary school determined to start college-readiness in kindergarten
One Staten Island elementary school has embarked on a bold new experiment to prepare students for life after high school as soon as possible.
Caps and gowns
February 27, 2018
Unsatisfied with Detroit ‘college-readiness’ rate, Vitti lays out ideas for changing the district’s culture
Detroit high school students could soon have access to makeup courses, more guidance counselors, and color-coded wristbands signifying their skills.
Cap and gown
February 21, 2018
Graduation rates in Michigan – and Detroit’s main district — are up, but are most students ready for college?
Slightly more than 80 percent of the state’s high school students graduated last year but graduation rate is not necessarily a great measure of school success.
January 17, 2018
ACT do-overs pay off for 40 percent of Tennessee high school seniors who tried
The state's $2 million investment in its ACT Retake Day appears to be paying off for a second year in a row.
beyond high school
July 20, 2017
Tennessee leads nation in FAFSA filings for third straight year
Almost three-fourths of Tennessee's high school seniors completed the financial aid form for the upcoming academic year.
July 6, 2017
Weary of stagnant ACT scores, Tennessee is giving all its seniors a second chance to test
The state's inaugural ACT Retake Day a success, state officials are expanding the program to all public high school students in the Class of 2018.
access to what
June 27, 2017
This new report underscores a big challenge facing New York City’s college graduation aspirations
A new report looking at what happened to students who graduated under Bloomberg raises questions about Mayor Blasio's approach to getting more students to college.
May 23, 2017
Achievement First is betting on a new model to help more of its students graduate college
Charter schools have struggled to ensure students don't just get to college — but actually graduate.
May 15, 2017
Principal for a Day is back with a new focus: college and career readiness
When the nonprofit PENCIL launched more than two decades ago, fewer than half of New York City students graduated from high school. The organization placed…
April 3, 2017
New York City offers SAT to all high school juniors, hoping to clear a path to college
The test will be offered to any of the city's 70,000 juniors who chooses to participate.
beyond high school
January 26, 2017
Haslam: Tennessee must step up its role in guiding high school students to college and career
More Tennessee ninth-graders are graduating from high school in four years, but not enough are furthering their education to be ready for today's jobs, officials say.
AP for all
January 17, 2017
City’s AP exam passing rates show gains, especially for black and Hispanic students
The number of students taking at least one AP exam in 2016 rose by nearly 3,500 students citywide.
November 4, 2016
Most Tennessee high school students lag in college readiness according to first TNReady results
Under the state’s tougher new grading scale, nearly three-quarters of Tennessee high school students performed below grade level on each of the new tests.
November 1, 2016
KIPP charter network partners with MTSU to give under-represented students a shot at college
The national charter network forges one of its first partnerships with a Tennessee university as part of KIPP's focus on college prep.
September 27, 2016
Number of Tennessee students taking college-credit classes ticks up
Nearly 30,000 students took at least one Advanced Placement exam last year, an increase of nearly 9 percent over the previous year.
Win a counselor
September 26, 2016
These 30 Tennessee schools are getting new college counselors, courtesy of the governor’s office
Gov. Haslam's new initiative pays for a counselor dedicated to the college process — a luxury at schools where guidance counselors juggle social work, scheduling, and test administration.
September 13, 2016
U.S. education chief to focus on college opportunity in Memphis, where more students are applying but fewer are ready
John King will highlight ways students and parents can access and pay for college when he speaks at a college fair at Craigmont High School.
August 30, 2016
Here’s what five Latino students have to say about their school experience in Memphis
Students offer insights during a high school rally sponsored by Latino Memphis in partnership with Shelby County Schools.
hitting the wall
August 30, 2016
Career and technical education programs are in vogue. So why is it so hard to start one?
As career and technical education programs expand and morph into a dizzying array of new career fields, many are slowed down by the state’s stringent approval process.
path to college
August 16, 2016
Fariña shares her shaky path to college, and vows to keep NYC students on firmer ground
Chancellor Carmen Fariña kicks off College Access for All with the story of her own college application process and some insights into her philosophy
Ready for College
July 7, 2016
How many students are college-ready? Depends on whom you ask
It is extremely difficult to nail down how many students ready for college — and increasingly important.
The big lift
April 19, 2016
Tennessee has an upward mobility problem. Can schools help?
State education leaders brainstorm about entrenched inequality — and schools’ role in reversing it.
April 6, 2016
Study: Charter high school students face brighter long-term outcomes
Charter high school students are more likely to graduate, attend college and earn more as working adults than their traditional school counterparts, a new study says.
equity and excellence
February 9, 2016
New details emerge in de Blasio’s ‘Equity and Excellence’ agenda
This spring, the city will hire 100 “Single Shepherds” slated to work with students in Districts 7 and 23 to help them graduate and prepare for college.
February 4, 2016
Memphis FAFSA drive seeks to build city’s college-going culture
A city-wide initiative culminates this weekend to help high school seniors complete their FAFSA forms for financial aid.
December 10, 2015
First step taken toward student choice in high school equivalency exams
State education officials have the green light to negotiate with three companies that offer high school equivalency tests, potentially offering more choice for students.
December 1, 2015
Report on black students finds ‘jaw-dropping’ gap between graduation rate and college readiness in Tennessee
A new report on opportunities for the nation’s African-American students lists Tennessee among the top five states for graduating its black students, but among the…
November 30, 2015
For seventh-graders with a ‘spark’ in math, the road to STEM careers starts at camp
A growing nonprofit shepherds promising students from low-income New York City middle schools into careers in science, mathematics, engineering and computer science.
November 19, 2015
For a better life, Colorado teenagers travel to Wyoming to take a test
State data suggest that more people are discouraged from completing the GED since the test was rewritten.
September 29, 2015
Latino Memphis program aims to prepare undocumented Hispanic students for college
A growing program of the nonprofit advocacy group is helping Hispanic students graduate from high school, apply to college, and figure out how to pay for tuition.
September 16, 2015
Indiana high school senior to U.S. Secretary of Education: Help me get to college
Ben Davis University High School Senior Rosa Ramos Ochoa was sure she earned a 21st Century scholarship. And she had a Social Security number. But she was still left out.
the education agenda
September 16, 2015
Looking beyond pre-K, de Blasio unveils wide-ranging education agenda with big goals
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s agenda-setting speech Wednesday could have been titled: What comes after pre-K? In a word, his answer was college.
September 16, 2015
Parents, educators worry new diploma options exclude kids with special needs
Parents and educators are concerned that Indiana students don't have equal access to the high school diplomas that fit them best.
Making diplomas mean something
September 9, 2015
State board finally gives approval to grad guidelines
The State Board of Education Wednesday voted 6-1 to approve a revised menu of choices school districts will use to set their requirements for high school graduation.
August 26, 2015
Tennessee’s average ACT scores mostly stagnant
Despite efforts to increase student achievement, the average Tennessee ACT composite score is below the threshold for college readiness.
Ready or not
August 26, 2015
College readiness levels up slightly, new report finds
The percentage of 2015 high school graduates prepared for college is modestly above levels of prior years, according to a new report by the ACT testing organization.
Help with college
August 25, 2015
Denver City Council approves sending scholarship initiative to voters
The Denver City Council voted Monday night to ask voters in November to approve sales tax to bankroll a college scholarship and loan repayment program.
return on investment
August 21, 2015
As charter students head to college, schools ask, how’d we do?
Achievement First is seeking feedback from its pioneering high school graduates about how its high school model stacked up.
August 14, 2015
At hands-on program, black and Latino boys aim for selective colleges
The Urban Ambassadors program handpicks promising students from schools that don’t typically send students to four-year colleges — so far, it's had impressive results.
Put to the test
August 5, 2015
Data from ACT and DPS shows that Hispanic students aren’t college ready
A majority of U.S. Hispanic students planned to enroll in college last year, but nearly half weren’t ready for college level courses, according to a report from ACT.
July 27, 2015
Students in college readiness program say they find more than academic support
Local students participated in the AVID Summer Institute, a national conference for educators who teach college-readiness skills, in Denver this month.
Updated July 23, 2015
Report: Many NYC high schools don’t offer advanced math and science courses
A new report finds that nearly 4 in 10 city high schools do not offer algebra II and both physics and chemistry.
There's an AP for that
July 17, 2015
At summer seminar, teachers learn advanced courses aren’t just for some
About 500 teachers participated in the AP for All Summer Institute, a program that emphasizes that advanced classes should be open to all students.
not making the grade
July 8, 2015
Principal tapped by Bloomberg to turn around John Dewey HS yanked after probe
Dewey’s soaring graduation rates, which increased 13 points under Principal Kathleen Elvin, were bolstered by an illicit credit recovery program, a city investigation found.
July 6, 2015
As city prepares to redouble focus on career and tech programs, Fariña names new leader
John Widlund, the longtime principal of “Coop Tech” is the city’s new head of career and technical education.
July 6, 2015
Locked out of a general diploma, some grads are blocked from jobs
With just a 'certificate of completion' grads often are shut out of jobs.
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