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Why this school is thriving after implementing a 100% blended learning model

E-School News – John D. Butler, Ph.D., PE

“Located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, 225 students along with the faculty and staff of the Village Green Virtual Charter High School (VGV) have been pioneering the school of the future—advancing individualized education and family choice by maximizing technology, creating community, reshaping teaching, and redefining school. Opened in September 2013, VGV draws students statewide by a blind lottery. Since 2013, VGV has increased its urban student population from 75 to 85 percent and increased its “free and reduced lunch” population from 88 to 94 percent.”(more)

Report: Only 30% of California’s ninth-graders will graduate from college

The Mercury News – Sharon Noguchi

“Although more than 90 percent of the nation’s ninth graders expect to graduate from college, a report released Monday estimates that only 30 percent of California’s high school freshmen will actually earn a bachelor’s degree. Amid that dismaying projection, researchers at the Public Policy Institute of California also unearthed a surprising finding. It’s not just lack of academic progress that’s keeping students from earning a degree. It’s also students’ failure to take the right preparatory courses and schools tracking them into remedial classes. California’s comparatively lax high-school graduation requirements may also be a contributing factor.”(more)

Improving the Quality of Education

Inside Higher Ed – Derek Bok

“Increasing graduation rates and levels of educational attainment will accomplish little if students do not learn something of lasting value. Yet federal efforts over the last several years have focused much more on increasing the number of Americans who go to college than on improving the education they receive once they get there. By concentrating so heavily on graduation rates and attainment levels, policy makers are ignoring danger signs that the amount that students learn in college may have declined over the past few decades and could well continue to do so in the years to come. The reasons for concern include:.”(more)

Nevada high school graduation rates inch up with fifth year added

The Las Vegas Review Journal – Meghin Delaney

“Given an extra year, Nevada saw an extra 630 students from the Class of 2016 earn a diploma. The most recent five-year graduation rate, based on students who started high school in fall 2011, came in at 73.5, the state reported Wednesday. That’s up slightly from the four-year graduation rate of students who started high school that same year, which was released in the fall and calculated at 70.8.”(more)

Solving the Rural Education Gap: Experts Weigh In on New Report’s Findings Tying Gap to Prosperity

The 74 Million – Mareesa Nicosia

“About half of all U.S. public school districts are considered rural, and they collectively enroll some 12 million students, or one-quarter of the total public school population, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Whether these students end up graduating from high school and college, and how they fare in the workforce, is linked inextricably to their rural education experiences, a new report finds. The study, published in April by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, sheds light on the state of rural education and its relationship to economic prosperity in regions of the country that played a pivotal part in President Donald Trump’s election.”(more)

What We Don’t Know About High Schools Can Hurt Us

Education Next – Mark Dynarski

“Imagine your doctor tells you that you have an unhealthy condition. You ask what you can do about it. He responds that he doesn’t know. When you return some time later, he tells you your unhealthy condition is improving. You ask what brought on the improvement, and he responds that he doesn’t know. You ask if any studies are going on about the condition. He shrugs and says a few. High school graduation in the U.S. is like this. First, researchers struggled to understand why it was low and unchanging for a long time. Now, researchers are struggling to understand why it is rising. And there are few studies going on about effective approaches for helping students graduate. For a young person, graduating from high school is an important milestone of their educational progress, and it has economic implications, too. A recent report estimated that by 2020, 65 percent of jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. [1] Getting to college means getting through high school.”(more)