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School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

The Hechinger Report

Aimed at curbing dropouts, improving graduation rates and sending more kids to college and other postsecondary programs, the corps is designed to offset a growing achievement gap in this relatively affluent but increasingly diverse state. Closing that gap and getting kids to continue their training after high school is especially important here: 74 percent of jobs will require post-secondary education by 2020. K-12 News Curriculum Graduation and dropouts Solutions teachers

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

The Hechinger Report

Each year, districts and schools were rated based on whether their elementary school kids performed better than the prior year’s students in math and English. High schools were rated on standardized tests, as well as dropout, attendance and graduation rates. Oregon is ahead of the curve nationally, having delved into the method in 2003. Brian Stack is the principal of Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, N.H. Photo: Kate Flock for The Hechinger Report.