Is college worth it? It’s a definite maybe.

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But averages are tricky —there are plenty of college dropouts and college graduates who consider themselves worse off for having enrolled, just as there are plenty of successful professionals who could never have made it without a college degree. It’s a definite maybe. With the start of the new school year just around the corner, prospective students are asking what has become a very tough question: Should I go to college? Salary data from NACE; College cost data from NCES.

How one district solved its special education dropout problem

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The district’s class of 2010 had a 73 percent graduation rate for students in special education and a 13 percent dropout rate — double the dropout rate for the student body overall. Teachers like Parry began pushing for changes, and over the last decade district officials have worked to improve the experience of students in special education — and thus reduce dropout rates — by reducing the stigma and challenging the students more.


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When Employment is the Goal, Should 'Student Success' Include Dropouts?


At the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Community & Technical College, Associate Dean Kim Griffis says dropouts aren’t considered a failure, if the student has landed a job in the technical field they were training for. Her definition of success began to change a few years ago after she says “students were disappearing” from the college’s Computer Information and Office Systems program.

Are our definitions of ‘college readiness’ too high?

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Considering that these data don’t include dropouts, it seems safe to say that no more than one in three American high-school students is capable of hitting the College Board’s benchmark. But, nonetheless, perhaps these definitions of ‘college readiness’ from SAT and ACT are too stringent?

The Secret to Preventing Community College Dropouts? Start With Middle School


And so that's definitely happened with us. In Tennessee, the education system made headlines a few years back when the state announced the “ Tennessee Promise ”—an initiative granting thousands of high school students the opportunity to attend two years of free community college.

They didn’t turn in their work for remote school. Their parents were threatened with courts and fines

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There have definitely been issues to work through with the platform but we are happy with the support Schoology has provided,” said LaCoste-Caputo. Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School News Discipline Graduation and dropouts online learning Parents Social emotional

When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

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First, it’s worth noting that talking about the middle class can be tricky because there’s no universal definition. By Pew’s measure, roughly equal shares of Americans have been moving from middle to upper income status as have been falling into the lower income tier, but using a narrower definition of middle class paints a grimmer picture. The labor market value of a college degree has softened, stirring concern that a bachelor’s is no longer a gateway to the middle class.

Subscribing to college and other visions of higher education’s future

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In fact, he said, “It’s definitely more engaging, because you’re actively involved with what’s going on.”. Higher Ed News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Higher Education newsletter online learningRensselaer Polytech language students learn Mandarin Chinese by conversing with AI avatars. Tony Cenicola/The New York Times. MANCHESTER, N.H.

Charter schools nearly destroyed this New Orleans school. Now it will become one.

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The students are definitely trying to do the best that they can. K-12 News Charters Graduation and dropouts RaceJunior Tye Mansion goes up to bat for the McDonogh 35 Roneagles. Jess Clark for The Hechinger Report. NEW ORLEANS — The McDonogh 35 “Roneagles” were killing their opponents on the softball field. Junior Tye Mansion had just stolen a base, and her teammates in the dugout were going wild, chanting and taunting the other team.

STUDENT VOICES: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that

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I also definitely want to be heavily involved in advocacy for young black youth, or, for youth in general, and just promoting student leadership. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it?

A college scholarship meant to help low-income, black students now serves mostly white, middle-class kids

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At the time, a third of Louisiana’s adults were high school dropouts. It’s definitely been a blessing,” he said. “It Higher Ed News Funding Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Law and policy Politics RaceThe new convocation center at Xavier University is seen in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Student Landan Moore says Xavier is his dream school. Photo: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert.

Six tips for going to college and working full time, from a student struggling to do both

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My college experience has definitely not been what I expected. She assured me that the added challenge of working while in school will definitely prepare me for the future. Higher Ed Opinion Adult learning Graduation and dropoutsLuz Pineda, who works full-time, is a senior at California State University, Northridge. Balancing the demands of work and school has been a challenge that leaves her little time for anything else, including sleep. Photo: Courtesy of Mimi Pineda.

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The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

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The transition going from high school to college was definitely difficult,” he said. The transition going from high school to college was definitely difficult. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special educationAdam Salomon at his high school graduation. Salomon’s mother, Karen, says he was not prepared for life after high school. Photo: Karen Salomon for The Hechinger Report.

STUDENT VOICES: Pay teachers more

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I definitely know that the solution is not the voucher system. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it? Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. school system is a “mess.”

Six reasons you may not graduate on time

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It definitely held me back.”. Higher Ed News community college Graduation and dropouts Higher education completion SolutionsKolodner Credit Crunch 1:Temple University in Philadelphia gives $4,000 grants to eligible students who agree to work no more than 15 hours a week off campus, in an effort to help students graduate on time. Photo: Mark Makela/Reuters via ZUMA Press.

Improving reading skills and SEL through text-based discussions

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SEL also decreases behavioral issues, dropout rates, drug use, and teen pregnancy, so the advantages of including it in elementary and secondary classes are clear. While definitions of SEL can vary, key elements include self-awareness and social awareness, relationship skills, self-management, and responsible decision making.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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I’ve definitely heard from at least 10 parents who are like, ‘I don’t know what’s going on,’ ” O’Connor said. “ ‘Is this good for my child?’ ”. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts teachers

Programmatic Best Practices for Healthy Academic Programs


Properly supporting faculty with program guidelines, time definitions within their contracts, and stipends tailored to their time investment. Even once students have selected and enrolled in a program, and even if that program’s learning structure is sound, the risk of student dropout or failure remains. It’s no secret that higher education is changing and that the way students are consuming education is evolving along with it.

The Value of the Online Program Management Industry


The old saying, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” definitely plays out in the OPM model. A course with bad teaching could lead to high dropout rates. The Online Program Management (OPM) industry has emerged over the last decade as a key part of the online higher education marketplace, with $1.1 billion in revenue. And education research firm Eduventures expects this growth to continue for the next several years.

STUDENT VOICES: I don’t think you need an A+ in calculus to work a normal job

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There’s definitely wealthy people that go there, but I feel like, for the most part, it’s middle class, lower class. They’re definitely all very conservative, either by personal view or views of their parents or whoever. You can definitely tell who’s with who, sort of. I definitely want to try going to college. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school?

Progress in getting underrepresented people into college and skilled jobs may be stalling because of the pandemic

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Experts say that this means dropout rates, which had been declining for more than a decade, will likely start to rise again. How far we’ve come is wonderful, so having to take some steps back is definitely frustrating.”.

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How Partnering With a Local University Saved This School From Closure


This Educational Partnership Organization aims to curtail a trend of academic underperformance and high rates of truancy, absenteeism and dropout, which had plagued East High for a number of years. Equity is often discussed without a clear definition. In 2015, East Upper and Lower Schools—formerly East High School—in Rochester, New York entered into a unique partnership between the New York State Education Department, Rochester City School District and the University of Rochester.

Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools


The practice of funding public schools and assessing student engagement based on a student’s physical attendance is rooted in this definition and has only reinforced what is an outmoded idea. We’ve seen stories about a dropout factory, or a district school where only a small percentage of students are proficient in math or reading (and not getting any better with time or interventions or waivers). Woody Allen once said, “Showing up is 80 percent of life.”

Why decades of trying to end racial segregation in gifted education haven’t worked

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Despite a century of research, definitions of giftedness are fuzzy. Psychologists later poked holes in that definition. There are gifted dropouts. A clear definition of giftedness is elitist while a broad definition is useless.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

SEL also decreases behavioral issues, dropout rates, drug use, and teen pregnancy, so the advantages of including it in elementary and secondary classes are clear. While definitions of SEL can vary, key elements include self-awareness and social awareness, relationship skills, self-management, and responsible decision making.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

Among the many other problems dragging down Puerto Rico’s stagnant economy, made worse by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, is a huge high school dropout rate and, among those students who do manage to graduate, a comparatively low trajectory to college — especially college on the mainland — and a high dropout rate there, too. Related: New data show some colleges are definitively unaffordable for many.

A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

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Keeping students engaged who by definition have had trouble sticking with school is a challenge. ussell Rumberger, author of “Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About It” and director of the California Dropout Research Project, has studied alternative schools. Zaire Wallace, 17, a student at The Charter School of San Diego, answers questions about Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” while watching a YouTube video of someone narrating the poem.

Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the 'Learning Revolution'


The problems tends to arise when kids go to school because the deeper they get in, the more they start to lose interest,” Robinson said, pointing to the United States’ large student dropout percentage as evidence that school—as a system—is failing students. Robinson does have his own definition of education’s purpose (“To enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become”), but his is one opinion.

Learning Analytics 2018 – An updated perspective

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Let’s go for it… There are multiple definitions of learning analytics , but the industry preferred one comes from the International Conference on Learning Analytics (LAK 2011): “Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.” ” There are three crucial elements involved in this definition.

Sources of Hope for Education Technology in 2018


We have backed companies focused on budgeting, scheduling, procurement, dropout prevention, and professional development for the teachers of special education students and English language learners. I will not go so far as to predict that I will encounter any great new empathy-teaching tools and services this year, but I am definitely looking. I find myself without strong enthusiasm for the task of writing a conventional set of predictions about education technology in 2018.

How a Chinatown school is trying to bring more diversity to theater

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A study found an 18-percent difference between dropout rates for low-income students with high arts participation (4 percent drop out) and those with less arts involvement (22 percent). The study found an 18-percent difference between dropout rates for low-income students with high arts participation (4 percent drop out) and those with less arts involvement (22 percent). The P.S. 124 Theatre Club performs a musical adaptation of the animated movie “Madagascar.”

What Does “College Ready” Really Mean, Anyway?

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It’s that most of the definitions of ‘ready’ are far too narrow, and we don’t gather data in many key areas where students could improve their readiness if they knew they needed to do so.”. We need precise definitions and indicators for each specific student and their apparent “college readiness”? What Does “College Ready” Really Mean, Anyway? by Terry Heick.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

“We definitely do try to go that extra step to make those children feel just as comfortable and just as supported and let them know, ‘You can be successful even if you don’t have the same stuff at home that another child has,’” Parker says. "While they’re here, we’re the ones that they’re counting on. We’re the ones that provide their reinforcement, the safe place, the continuity. When they go home, they may not have that.”

The Cause That Unites Chief IT and Academic Officers


To establish create a common set of definitions around digital literacy, the report proposes three buckets of literacies: “universal literacy,” or being adept at using basic productivity (word processing, image manipulation, content authoring) tools; “creative literacy,” which involves more technical and specialized content-creation skills (such as video editing and animation); and cross-disciplinary literacies that combine humanities studies with digital social media.

How To Make A Civics Education Stick


“What’s the dropout rate in some places? “It definitely showed me that if you believe in something and you feel something is important, to not be afraid to voice it,” she says. How do you teach kids to be active participants in government? Or to tell the difference between real news and fake news? In their last legislative sessions, 27 states considered bills or other proposals that aim to answer these questions.