April 11th, 2013

WATCH: Why Are High School Graduation Rates Up?

For the first time in forty years, national high school graduation rates have made remarkable gains. But are they real?
Experts in the field suggest that schools are taking advantage of bureaucratic tricks to artificially increase their numbers. These tactics include labeling dropouts as transfers, encouraging home schooling for their most troubled students, or creating alternative systems such as computer-based ‘credit recovery courses.’

But while some schools might be reporting questionable data, others are finding innovative new ways of keeping kids in school - from New York City’s adoption of small theme-based schools rather than “dropout factories” to Daniel King’s early college programs in Texas, this program provides a comprehensive overview of the dropout epidemic and what can be done to create real change.

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This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Tietz Family Foundation.

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You are dead on it. Manipulating the data is more like it. Read, “Yes, We Are STUPID in America!”.

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