What We Are Reading: Dropout and Graduation Rates, Business Engagement, Financial Aid, STEM

Looking for new high school-related resources? Here are some pieces that other organizations have recently released:*

Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009–10 (National Center for Education Statistics, January 22, 2013). This report presents the number of high school graduates, the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR), and the dropout data for grades 9–12 for public schools in school year 2009–10 as reported by State Education Agencies to the NCES Common Core of Data Universe Survey of public elementary and secondary institutions.

Business Engagement in Education: Key Partners for Improving Student Success (College Summit and City Foundation, January 23, 2013) This report stresses the importance of education-business partnerships as a way to improve the student achievement and college and career readiness of low-income and first-generation high school students.

The American Dream 2.0: How financial aid can help improve college access, affordability, and completion (HCM Strategists, January 24, 2013). Facing a growing national crisis in which 46 percent of those who enter a U.S. college fail to graduate within six years, a first-of-its kind coalition of national leaders have issued a call to action to make the financial aid system work better for students and the country. This report offers a comprehensive framework for how the hundreds of billions invested in the financial aid system can increase college access, affordability, and completion.

Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning in Afterschool (Afterschool Alliance, January 2013). A new study from the Afterschool Alliance aims to identify what STEM learning outcomes program leaders and supporters believe that afterschool programs could contribute to; what the indicators of progress toward such outcomes might be; and what types of evidence could be collected by afterschool programs,  given the appropriate data collection tools.

K-12 EDUCATION: School-Based Physical Education and Sports Programs (U.S. Government Accountability Office, February 29, 2013). This report found that school sports opportunities have generally increased in recent years. From 2000-2006, it found that the percentage of schools requiring some physical education (PE) in each grade has increased; states, districts, and schools appear to have increased emphasis on the quality of PE programs; and opportunities to participate in interscholastic sports have increased, particularly for girls, which has caused many schools to add new sports teams.

*Resource descriptions provided by the sponsoring organization.

Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.

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