High School Graduation Rates Rose in 2010

Great news was announced earlier this week: high school graduates rates rose to the highest point in almost 40 years.  Even more encouraging is that graduation rates among Hispanics jumped “almost 10 points since 2006,” according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  The information comes from a new report from NCES (the National Center of Education Statistics) on 2009-2010 graduation and dropout rates entered into the Common Core of Data.

Related information can be found on my other blog site, Eleanore’s Ramblings, in which two interesting reports from Jennifer Karan, executive director of the SAT program, are also addressed. These reports address college and career readiness and college readiness among incoming freshmen.

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Financial Aid Tool, Bullying Prevention Summit, College Access

The items below were in this morning’s inbox. A single email contained items related to student financial aid tools, upcoming meetings on prevention of bullying, higher education access and affordability, and the remarks made at the annual GEAR UP conference.

Read on.

Message 1
From: U.S. Department of Education <ed.gov@public.govdelivery.com>
Date: 07/20/2012
Subject: Education Department Launches New Website and Social Media Tools to Help Students Navigate Financial Aid Process

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Education Department Launches New Website and Social Media Tools to Help Students Navigate Financial Aid Process

07/20/2012 09:18 AM EDT

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new streamlined website and several social media tools that will make it easier for students and families to navigate the financial aid process and make informed decisions about paying for college. The launch of the new website, StudentAid.gov, follows a report from the U.S.

Message 2
From: U.S. Department of Education <ed.gov@public.govdelivery.com>
Date: 07/20/2012
Subject: Upcoming: U.S. Department of Education to Host Third Annual Bullying Prevention Summit.

Upcoming: U.S. Department of Education to Host Third Annual Bullying Prevention Summit

07/20/2012 10:33 AM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education will host the third annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 6-7, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The summit will focus on ensuring that anti-bullying efforts are coordinated and based on the best available research.

Other Items

Senior Department Officials to Discuss Administration’s Higher Education Access, Affordability and Completion Efforts at NASFAA conference

07/20/2012 11:03 AM EDT

The U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education David Bergeron, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary on College Access Greg Darnieder will make presentations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) annual conference in Chicago July 23-25.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Discuss College Access at NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

07/20/2012 10:29 AM EDT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver remarks at the 2012 National Council for Community and Education Partnerships’ (NCCEP) Annual GEAR UP Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Two More States For Obama’s NCLB Flexibility Waivers

Today’s inbox brought an update from the U.S. Department of Education. Clicking on the link to the information site, the first paragraph that caught my eye was this:

Federal education law has been due for congressional reauthorization since 2007. In the face of congressional inaction, President Obama announced in September of 2011 that the Obama Administration would grant waivers from NCLB to qualified states.

The basic concepts of NCLB were positive, but the law as implemented had serious flaws because NCLB was not adequately thought out prior to passage and implementation by Congress. The spirit of the law was sound, but the basic policies were clearly written by non-educators. Because the country’s legislators continue to allow politics to interfere  with educational need, NCLB remains as federal mandate, taking away from states one of the Constitutional responsibilities given them. For years, state education departments and local school districts have struggled to implement NCLB, a law that made little sense for most educational systems. In too many cases, the legislated policies destroying promising local programs and even programs that were already successful in educating students to become informed and critically thoughtful citizens. Because NCLB milestones could not be reached, these states lost much federal financial support.

This week, the Obama Administration’s NCLB Flexibility Waiver program has reached the important milestone toward returning education to state control by adding two more states to the program. To date, 52% of states have submitted educational programs that have been approved for the waivers. That’s more than half of the states that have taken back control of educational policy with guidelines that address the most critical education needs of the individual state’s children while keeping to the spirit of NCLB.

Read more at the link below.

via Obama Administration Approves Two More States For Nclb Flexibility – More Than Half of the Country Now Approved for Waivers, More to Follow | U.S. Department of Education.

URL: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/obama-administration-approves-two-more-states-nclb-flexibility-more-half-country

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