The National Center for Education Statistics has released that on-time high school graduation rates in the 2009-2010 school year are at their highest since 1974. The percentage of high school students who graduate within 4 years of first starting 9th grade, has risen to 78.2%. Along with this incredible increase, the Hispanic graduation rate has risen about 10 percentage points since 2006, from 61.4% to 71.4%. You can view NCES’s report here.
*From 1970 to 2010, the Hispanic female graduation rate doubled from 34.2% to 64.4%. Read more.
*From 1990-2009, the number of Hispanic females enrolled in college has increased by over half a million. Read more.
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a series of proposals to increase access to a high-quality education, including:
- Initiatives to make quality early education accessible to every child,
- Redesigning the country’s high schools to meet the needs of the real world, and
- Tackling the spiraling cost of college.
The proposals complemented other efforts to strengthen the middle class, including calls to raise the minimum wage and reform immigration.
Learn more about the President's plan to provide high-quality pre-school to every child here.
The U.S. Department of Education released the College Scorecard to help students pick which college is best for them. It provides students access to information about college costs, degrees offered, campus settings and more! Access the College Scorecard here.
What aspect of education are you most passionate about? Because we are a society that depends almost completely on our schools to provide opportunity for social mobility, I am passionate about providing a truly excellent education for those who have been excluded from opportunity because of the circumstances of their birth.
When you were in school, whom did you reach out to for guidance and advice? I was so naïve about the pathway to college, because my parents had not completed high school, that I did not know enough to reach out. But I had peers who were being coached by their parents and they transmitted this kind of information to me. It was a friend’s mom who invited me to go look at colleges and took me to the only university I applied to as an undergraduate. I didn’t know that different opportunities were available at different colleges, or that it was possible I wouldn’t be accepted to the one I applied to!
What one piece of advice would you give parents/students to help students complete high school college and career ready? There is nothing in a young person’s life that is more important, that is within their own control, than their education. For students, it is imperative to begin early to set your sites high. For parents, research shows that the belief that one is going to finish high school and go on to college is one of the most powerful predictors of doing so—remind your children every day that you BELIEVE they are smart, capable, and are going to be successful in school. And let them know why getting a good education is so important to their futures. People who overcome big odds almost always have had someone who believed in them and told them so.
However, I would add that we cannot pretend that parents can overcome lack of opportunity simply by willing it. As a society we have to commit to providing the kind of education and social support that all of our young people deserve and that benefits us all in the long run.
Read more about Dr. Gándara.
The School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative is a collaborative effort by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education. This partnership will support the placement of AmeriCorps members in persistently underachieving schools across the country. Grants will be awarded to organizations implementing programs that utilize AmeriCorps members to engage in evidence-based interventions to increase educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in our nation’s lowest-performing elementary, middle, and high schools.
Notice of Intent to Apply is due Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 5:00p.m. Learn more.
Since 1965, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has provided federal resources and guidance to schools in an effort to ensure equal access to a quality education for all children. The Act has been renewed by Congress several times, most recently through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). However, NCLB’s requirements applied a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to education and labeled schools as 'failing' even when they demonstrated growth.
The U.S. Department of Education has invited each State to request flexibility from specific requirements of NCLB in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction. Flexibility enables states and districts to better advance their work by developing locally tailored solutions to address their most pressing education challenges. Read more on ESEA Flexibility and download the new Fact Sheets.
For the first time, a new National Assessment of
Educational Progress (NAEP) report card summarizes results in several subjects
from multiple states -- and holds clues from which other states may
learn. “The Nation’s Report Card: Mega-States” presents achievement
results for students in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas --
the five most-heavily populated states, serving nearly 40% of the nation’s
public school students -- in grades 4 and 8 in reading, mathematics, and
science. The findings include average scores among the five states, as
well as national averages and results among various subgroups. Results are
also reported at or above Proficient achievement levels. Overall,
progress toward proficiency is promising in math but mixed in reading.