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The Progress of Education Reform - Dropout Prevention

Education Commission of the States, 2007. (PDF 6 pgs.)

This issue of The Progress of Education Reform summarizes the findings of five recent studies that address early predictors for dropping out of school, 9th-grade predictors of risk in an urban environment, school characteristics linked to higher graduation rates, economic benefits of several programs that positively influence high school completion rates, and a synthesis of the research on dropping out and the importance of state data systems to support dropout prevention efforts.

The Progress of Education Reform - Summer Learning

Education Commission of the States, 2009. (PDF 6 pgs.)

Transcending the punitive and remedial model of summer school, summer learning’s new form is an artful blend of core academic learning, hands-on activities, 21st century skills, arts, sports and meaningful relationships.

The Progress of Education Reform – Middle Grades

Education Commission of the States, 2009. (PDF 6 pgs.)

The middle grades are in crisis. By state and national measures, student achievement gains realized in the elementary grades all too often diminish by grade 8. This issue of The Progress of Education Reform highlights key findings from recent research and publications on improving student success in the middle grades—and identifies actions states can take to translate these findings into sound policy.

Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972–2009

National Center for Education Statistics, 2011. (PDF, 108 pgs.)

This report builds upon a series of National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports on high school dropout, completion, and graduation rates that began in 1988. It presents estimates of rates for 2009 and provides data about trends in dropout and completion rates over the last three and a half decades (1972-2009) along with more recent estimates of on-time graduation from public high schools.

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Dispelling the Myths About the Negative Effects of Raising High School Graduation Requirements

Education Commission of the States, 2008. (PDF, 13 pgs.)

A policy brief presenting the consequences commonly raised by critics of increased high school graduation requirements and the relevant research or experience, as well as guiding principles for best policy in establishing more challenging curricular expectations for all students.

Democracy for Some: The Civic Opportunity Gap in High School

Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), 2008. (PDF, 30 pgs.)

This paper documents the "civic opportunity gap" that often denies lower-income students a quality civic education.

Dangerous Intersection Ahead

American Association of School Administrators (AASA), 2007. (web article)

Interviews with Daniel Pink, Stephen Covey, and Michael Gelb discuss preparing students for the world beyond high school.

Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in collaboration with the Arts Education Partnership, 2007. (PDF, 24 pgs.)

An online booklet that makes the case keeping arts education strong in all schools.

Crafting A New Vision for High School: How States Can Join Academic and Technical Studies to Promote More Powerful Learning

Southern Regional Education Board, 2008. (PDF, 22 pgs.)

This report outlines challenges states face in combining technical and academic studies for improved learning, provides actions states can take to overcome these challenges, and highlights current best practices and policies.

Closing the Expectations Gap 2012

Achieve, Inc., 2012. (PDF, 48 pgs.)

With all 50 states and the District of Columbia having adopted college- and career-ready standards in English and mathematics, Achieve's seventh annual "Closing the Expectations Gap" report shows how all states are aligning those standards with policies to send clear signals to students about what it means to be academically prepared for college and careers after high school graduation.

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