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AM News: Feds Release Standardized Graduation Rates By State

High School Graduation Rates By State HuffPostEdu: The data reflects figures from the 2010-2011 academic year, the first year for which all states used a common, more rigorous measure. States last year dumped flawed measurement formulas that often undercounted dropouts and produced inflated results, making cross-state comparisons inaccurate and volatile.

AMNewsNew Graduation Rate Data Show Large Achievement Gaps PoliticsK12: Today's data show glaring achievement gaps. In Minnesota, for instance, the graduation rate for black students was 49 percent; for white students, it was 84 percent. In Ohio, the graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students was 65 percent; for all students it was 80 percent.

Data-Driven Approach Helps St. Louis Become Latest System to Improve Grades WSJ: The turnaround is grounded in using data to drive every decision and getting the best leaders and teachers in schools. Students now take standardized math and reading exams three times a year, and Mr. Adams insists principals craft proposals—delivered to him—that detail plans to boost scores in each classroom. 

Jeb Bush, with cash and clout, pushes contentious school reforms Reuters: A close examination raises questions about the depth and durability of the gains in Florida. After the dramatic jump of the Bush years, Florida test scores edged up in 2009 and then dropped, with low-income students falling further behind. State data shows huge numbers of high school graduates still needing remedial help in math and reading.

Educator Aided Others at Cheating, U.S. Charges NYT: Federal prosecutors in Memphis are investigating an educator who they say ran a test cheating ring in three Southern states for teachers and prospective teachers who wanted to pass standardized certification exams.

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Reading the articles on high school graduation rates and Jeb Bush, one sees that many children in post-Bush Florida (tied for 41st in the United States in high school attainment) are still being left behind, while it remains as true as ever that relatively few are getting ahead; and if you live in a state subscribing to his new policies, there is a real danger that your child will be left behind. His foundation appears to be morphing into a for-profit remover of child safety laws. A better candidate for "the path with the most proven results" is Finland, which remains the model for primary education, while I think Singapore has a particularly well designed secondary education landscape; and in higher ed, the United States remains second to none, particularly here in California (which is nonetheless showing some signs of decline).

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