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June 2, 2016

When students get suspended from school for a few days, they may not be the only ones who miss out. A report released today by UCLA's Civil Rights Project tries for the first time to quantify the full social cost of so-called "exclusionary discipline."

by The Education Week Research Center
June 2, 2016

Graduation rates are on the rise again. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, the on-time graduation rate for the nation's public high schools has reached another all-time high.

JUNE 2, 2016

Almost two-thirds of students who enter community colleges every year are judged to be academically not ready to engage in college-level coursework.1 In order to enroll, these students typically must take one or more “remedial” or “developmental” math or English courses2 that will not count toward their college degree.

by Donna St. George
June 1, 2016

Many Asian American parents worry that potential admissions changes to Montgomery County’s selective academic programs could limit access for their children, while a number of black and Hispanic families have welcomed the county’s efforts to examine racial and ethnic disparities in the school system’s gifted and magnet programs.

by Aurelio M. Montemayor
MAY 31, 2016

How familiar is this? A Spanish-speaking mother makes several trips to talk to a counselor so that her ninth-grade daughter is enrolled in algebra II. When she finally gets a meeting, the counselor tells her it’s already full.

By Christina A. Samuels
May 31, 2016

It's not often that special education research gets attention from more than teachers and other academics.But it's also not often that research purports to upend decades of accepted wisdom in the field—and also takes direct aim at race-related policy issues currently under debate at the federal level.

by Andrew Giambrone
May 26, 2016

The 11th grader at Columbia Heights Education Campus is wearing a navy blue blazer emblazoned with a crest that displays "hospitality," the concentration she's pursuing through one of DC Public Schools' career academies. On this daunting Wednesday morning, Jones is one of several CHEC students eagerly interviewing in the school's library with employers from around the District. Among the mix: the White House, the Washington Nationals and the Ritz Carlton.

by Natalie Wexler
May 26, 2016

Why is it harder to raise reading scores than math scores for students from low-income families? And why do kids who seem to read well in elementary school then struggle with grade-level text in middle and high school?

by Sarah Yatsko
May 25, 2016

Charter schools have come under fire recently around student discipline. As someone who spent a decade working with children at the tragic end of the school-to-prison pipeline, I’m deeply concerned about the real-world ramifications of suspensions and expulsions on students. But overuse of harsh student discipline is not just a charter school issue, it’s a public school issue.

by Kristin Blagg and Matthew Chingos
May 25, 2016

Student performance in the nation's capital has increased so dramatically that it has attracted significant attention and prompted many to ask whether gentrification, rather than an improvement in school quality, is behind the higher scores. Demographic change explains some of the increases in test scores, but by no means all of them.

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