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How a dropout factory raised its graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years

The Hechinger Report

When kids perform poorly in the classroom, it’s the schools that are held accountable, but those who work with low-income students said that academic struggles are often the least of a child’s problems. “We Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem.

Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

The Hechinger Report

By sending them off to spend their freshman years elsewhere and requiring them to meet certain academic targets, for instance, colleges ensure that students are motivated and likely to make it all the way to graduation rather than cost revenue by dropping out.

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A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

The Hechinger Report

The Altus network relies on a self-paced, independent study program and a personalized, blended learning model they’ve built up over a quarter century. Most do the majority of their work online, though some choose to learn with a standard textbook.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards. Many reported that they did not have enough time or money to access quality materials, while others stated these materials simply don’t exist.