Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

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It is features like these that have helped former high school dropouts like Rocheli Burgos — and other students who have struggled in school — get a second chance at earning a diploma. Once students have demonstrated competency in a course through a written or project-based assessment, they can move on to the next course in that subject area at their own pace. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma Personalized Learning Solutions

Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

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Though some programs have helped lower dropout rates and improved graduation rates for students of color, the gap in the percentage of students finishing a degree has barely budged across the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system. College dropouts cost Minnesota millions of dollars in wasted subsidies and lost revenue each year. System leaders don’t dispute that assessment.

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Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

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Their ESSA plans detail systemic transformations of assessment methods and other practices, according to Lillian Pace, the senior director of national policy at KnowledgeWorks. High schools were rated on standardized tests, as well as dropout, attendance and graduation rates. These new assessment systems are a crucial component of personalization. New Hampshire is piloting its new assessment system alongside traditional testing.

How To Make A Civics Education Stick

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“What’s the dropout rate in some places? On the civics portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly called the “Nation’s Report Card,” students of color and low-income students have consistently scored lower than their white, wealthier counterparts. At one Florida middle school, students learned about laws by writing bills — and in 2003, one of those bills made it to the Florida legislature.