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All ninth graders study at the local 4-H center in this Maine district

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Higher Education. Together, they created a curriculum that incorporates state academic standards into personalized learning projects that reflect students’ particular needs and interests, such as caring for the campus goats and planting a self-sustaining classroom garden.

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

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Turning around struggling high schools is the toughest work in education reform. With school budgets already limited by a conservative-led state legislature that critics say chronically underfunds public education , the district turned to Diplomas Now, an education nonprofit whose aim is to increase graduation rates using a data-driven system of early intervention. Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem.

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High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

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Michelle McLaughlin said Michael’s education did not prepare him for college or career. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. With help, he should have been able to graduate alongside his classmates, ready to pursue higher education. Our son’s education was a waste,” his mother, Michelle McLaughlin, said. “We

Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

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It was an example of a little-known policy universities appear to be increasingly using to balance their own enrollments and take students who might otherwise not make the cut on the first try — from children of alumni to full-paying foreign students who need work on their English to low-income and first-generation graduates of high schools that have provided them poor study skills. Sign up for our Higher Education newsletter. Higher Education.

A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

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While credit recovery is one of the fastest-growing fields in online education, many programs are little more than diploma mills hastening students through the curriculum with insufficient support. The Charter School of San Diego is one of the schools using that program, yet its educational model has drawn praise. 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.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

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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. A nationwide survey of ELL educators by McKinsey & Company during the 2012-13 school year revealed 70 percent created their own materials.