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Author(s):Swanson, C
Title:Cities in crisis: A special analytic report on high school graduation
Organization:America's Promise Alliance
Short Description:A new report from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center looks at the performance of America’s largest cities and surrounding metropolitan areas on high school completion.
Annotation:A new report from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center looks at the performance of America’s largest cities and surrounding metropolitan areas on high school completion. Cities in Crisis finds that graduation rates “are considerably lower in the nation’s largest cities than they are in the average urban locale.” The report notes that only about 52 percent of students in the principal school systems of the 50 largest cities complete high school with a diploma.
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High School Graduation/Dropout Prevention
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Comparative indicators of education in the United States and other G-8 countries:
The toll of the great recession: Childhood poverty among Hispanics sets record, leads nation
Test, punish, and push out: How zero tolerance and high-stakes testing funnel youth into the school to prison pipeline
Time is the enemy: The surprising truth about why today's college students aren't graduating... And what needs to change
Dropout prevention services and programs in public school districts: 2010-11
The college completion agenda: 2011 Progress report: Latino edition
From birth to college: Findings from Year 1 of a process evaluation of the University of chicago charter school model
Striving for student success: A model of shared accountability
Dropout recovery is national recovery: How federal policies can support the spread of Back on Track through College pathways
Men of color: Ensuring the academic success of Latinos in higher education
Unbundling youth, family, and community involvement in college access: On the ground in Austin, Texas
Lightening the load: A look at four ways that community schools can support effective teaching
It can be done, it's being done, and here's how
Opportunity road: The promise and challenge of America's forgotten youth
State Cards (statistical snapshots of high school data by state) Updated 2012
Chartering equity: Using charter school legislation and policy to advance equal educational opportunity
The great cost shift: How higher education cuts undermine the future middle class
Sustained positive effects on graduation rates produced by New York City's small public high schools of choice
Atlanta civic site: Climbing the ladder of civic proficiency
Critical perspectives on race and equity in review of higher education
Students and teachers talk about school reform and student engagement
Finding your workforce: The top 25 institutions graduating Latinos in health professions and related programs by academic level
Transforming the educational experience of young men of color: Companion workbook
Spaces of inclusion? Teachers' perceptions of school communities with differing student racial & socioeconomic contexts
The college completion agenda may sacrifice college access for low-income, minority and other at-risk students
The stealth inequities of school funding: How state and local school finance systems perpetuate inequitable school spending
The state of Latinos in the United States: Although the growing population has experienced marked success, barriers remain
Trends among young adults over three decades, 1974-2006
Diverse charter schools: Can racial and socioeconomic integration promote better outcomes for students?
Advancing to completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students
2012: Closing the expectations gap: 50-state progress report on the alignment of K-12 policies and practice with the demands of college and careers
A better affirmative action: State universities that created alternatives to racial preferences
Educational Attainment in the United States: 2007
Tuition equity legislation: Investing in Colorado high school graduates through equal opportunity to postsecondary education
Building tomorrow's workforce: Promoting the education and advancement of Hispanic immigrant workers in America
Making the dream a reality: Action steps for states to prepare all students for college and career
Ready to succeed: Changing systems to give California's foster children the opportunities they deserve to be ready for and succeed in school
Minority youth: Overrepresented & underserved in Indiana's systems
Critical conditions for equity and diversity in college access: Informing policy and monitoring results
Removing the roadblocks: Fair college opportunities for all California students
Urban school counseling: Implications for practice and training
Urban school counseling: Context, characteristics, and competencies
Beyond social justice: The threat of inequality to workforce development in the Western United States
Reenrollment of high school dropouts in a large, urban school district
Accelerating Latino success at Texas border institutions: Possibilities and challenges
Commonwealth Corporation
Status and trends in the education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008
Realizing the promise: How state policy can support alternative certification programs
Grade retention: Achievement and mental health outcomes
Diplomas and dropouts: Which colleges actually graduate their students (and which don't)
The rapid growth and changing complexion of suburban public schools
Moving beyond access: College success for low-income, first generation students
Removing roadblocks to rigor: Linking academic and social supports to ensure college readiness and success
The state of learning disabilities 2009
A profile of successful Pell Grant recipients: Time to Bachelor's degree and early graduate school enrollment
Financing higher education: A myriad of problems, a myriad of solutions
Projections of education statistics to 2018
Prevention of disproportionate special education representation using response to education (RTI)
Guiding the way to higher education: Step by step to college workshops for students curriculum (middle school, early high school, late high school)
Global Policy Fellows Program: Lessons learned
Taking the easy way out: How the GED testing program induces students to drop out
Removing roadblocks to rigor: Linking academic and social supports to ensure college readiness and success: Executive summary
What states can do to improve teacher effectiveness
Benchmarking the success of Latina and Latino students in STEM to achieve national graduation goals
Deloitte 2009 education survey overview: Redefining high school as a launch pad
Fighting for quality and equality, too: How states and policymakers can ensure the drive to improve teacher quality doesn't just trickle down to poor and minority children
The value of value-added data
Innovations in college readiness: How early college schools are preparing students underrepresented in higher education for college success
Achieving graduation for all: A governor's guide to dropout prevention and recovery
Changing schools: A look at student mobility trends in Chicago public schools since 1995
Are achievement gaps closing and is achievement rising for all?
Helping Latinas succeed in school: How federal policymakers can address barriers to high school graduation
The changing pathways of Hispanic youth into adulthood
The consequences of dropping out of high school: Joblessness and jailing for high school dropouts and the high cost for taxpayers
A social capital framework for the study of institutional agents & their role in the empowerment of low-status students & youth
Indiana Growth Model Factsheet
Gaining ground in the middle grades: Why some schools do better
Complete College America
Addressing the American male imperative in higher education: Implications for public and research universities
Top gainers: Some public four-year colleges and universities make big improvements in minority graduation rates
On the cusp in California: How PreK-3rd strategies could improve education in the Golden State
The past, present, and future of comprehensive school reform
Expanded time, enriching experiences: Expanded learning time schools and community organization partnerships
Connected by 25: Effective policy solutions for vulnerable youth
Children of Immigrants Data Tool
Better late than never? Examining late high school graduates
Foster youth who have succeeded in higher education: Common themes
A portrait of low-income young adults in education
Advancing by degrees: A framework for increasing college completion
Six reasons the Keep our Educators Working Act should be amended to require states receiving funds to end seniority-only teacher-layoff policies
Making the transition: Interim results of the National Guard Youth Challenge Evaluation
Enhancing school reform through expanded learning
The 'bottom' seventy percent: What America's elite institutions of higher learning owe to everyone else
National Opportunity to Learn Campaign
Big gaps, small gaps: Some colleges and universities do better than others in graduating Hispanic students
Student mobility in rural and nonrural districts in five Central region states
Minorities and the recession era college enrollment boom
Federal higher education policy priorities and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community
Southern Regional Education Board: Moving Ahead: State progress reports on Challenge to Lead goals
6th Annual AP Report to the Nation: State Reports
Managing contracts for educational equity: Emerging trends and issues
Recruiting and retaining older African American and Hispanic boys in after-school programs: What we know and what we still need to learn
Capacity building to diversify STEM: Realizing potential among HBCUs
Stuck schools revisited: Beneath the averages
Public school choice in the District of Columbia: A descriptive analysis
Power play: Teacher characteristics and class assignments
Retaining students in grade: A literature review of the effects of retention on students' academic and nonacademic outcomes
Reality check: Hispanic-serving institutions on the Texas border strategzing financial aid
False impression: How a widely stated study vastly overstates the benefits of charter schools
Experiencing integration in Louisville: How parents and students see the gains and challenges
Building roads to success: Key considerations for communities and states reconnecting youth to education
Unconventional wisdom: A profile of the graduates of early college high school
Early college graduates: Adapting, thriving, and leading in college
Housing policy is school policy: Economically integrative housing promotes academic success in Montgomery County, Maryland
Academic preparation for college in the high school senior class of 2003-04
Mind the gaps: How college readiness narrows achievement gaps in college success
Insulating the education pipeline to increase postsecondary success
Divided we fail in LA: Improving completion and closing racial gaps in the Los Angeles community college district
Dual enrollment: A strategy for educational advancement of all students
College success for all: How the Hidalgo independent school district is adopting early college as a district-wide strategy
Trends in high school dropout and completion rates in the United States: 1972-2008
National High School Center early warning system tool 2.0
A new vision to increase the academic achievement for English language learners and immigrant students
Closing the college completion gap: A guidebook for the faith community
State test score trends through 2008-09, Part 2: Slow and uneven progress in narrowing gaps
Big ideas: Dropout prevention strategies: Achievement for Latinos through Academic Success (ALAS)
Second to none in attainment, discovery, and innovation: The national agenda for higher education
State Cards (statistical snapshots of high school data by state)
Economic mobility project
Preventing student disengagement in middle schools and keeping students on the graduation track in high-poverty middle-grades schools: Early identification and effective interventions
Teacher credentials and student achievement in high school: A cross-subject analysis with student fixed effects
No Child Left Behind: What's in it for parents (Spanish Language Version)
Projections of education statistics to 2016
Race, schools, and neighborhoods: Reducing barriers to achievement
Latino students and disproportionality in special education
Indiana's adult education and workforce skills performance report: Preparing adults for a brighter future
A mission of the heart: What does it take to transform a school?
Gap or gaps? Challenging the singular definition of the achievement gap
Ronald E. McNair Postbaccaluareate Achievement Program: 2002-05 facts and figures at a glance
On ramp to college: A state policymaker's guide to dual enrollment
Federal Education Budget Project
Starting right: A first look at engaging entering students
The status of Latinos/as in engineering: Confronting the "new" American dilemma
Supporting English language acquisition: Opportunities for foundations to strengthen the social and economic well-being of immigrant families
Every nine seconds in America a student becomes a dropout: The dropout problem in numbers
Using early-warning data to improve graduation rates: Closing cracks in the education system
Dropout and completion rates in the United States: 2006
Career and technical education in the United States: 1990-2005
For the benefit of all: Ensuring immigrant health and well-being
Alabama: Featured facts from the SREB Fact Book on higher education
Independent Evaluation of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE): Third Biennial Report
Education watch California: Key education facts and figures
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; California state report
Education watch Colorado: Key education facts and figures
Education watch Colorado: Key education facts and figures 2006
Education watch Texas: Key education facts and figures 2004
Education watch Texas: Key education facts and figures 2006
Alabama education quick facts 2007
Latino students and U.S. high schools
Enlace: Engaging Latino communities for education
Graduate education: The backbone of American competitiveness and innovation
Education watch Washington: Key education facts and figures 2004
Education watch Washington: Key education facts and figures 2006
Washington Data and Reports
Education watch California: Key facts and figures
Mounting pressures facing the U.S. workforce and the increasing need for adult education and literacy
Rescuing Brown v. Board of Education: Profiles of twelve school districts pursuing socioeconomic school integration
Timing and duration of student participation in special education in the primary grades
A report on the status of Hispanics in education: Overcoming a history of neglect
Improving math performance
The learning season: The untapped power of summer to advance student achievement
New kids on the block: Results from the Moving to Opportunity experiment
Forming a college-going community in U.S. public high schools
Fighting poverty through incentives and work mandates for young men
Opportunity in America: The role of education
More information on the methodology, data, and terms used in the AP dropout factory story
A new majority: Low income students in the South's public schools
Focus on dropout factories: Associated press article spotlights low-performing high schools, draws criticism from many school officials
College readiness: Helping all students access and succeed in higher education
Building a culture of evidence for community college student success: Early progress in the Achieving the Dream initiative
State college- and career-ready high school graduation requirements
Access to success initiative
Ticket to nowhere: The gap between leaving high school and entering college and high performance jobs
Achievement in America
Small schools, big results: Nebraska high school completion and postsecondary enrollment rates by size of school district
Who graduates? Who doesn't? A statistical portrait of public high school graduation Class of 2001
Income of U.S. workforce projected to decline if education doesn't improve
How curriculum influences college persistence in Indiana and the nation
All students reaching the top: Strategies for closing academic achievement gaps
Crisis at the core: Preparing all students for college and work
Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education: A two-tiered education system
Latino students and the educational pipeline: Latino high school and baccalaureate graduates: A comparison
Under-prepared community college students: Implications of attitudinal and experiential differences
Improving college access for minority, low-income, and first-generation students
College access in Indiana and the United States: A 2005 status report
A matter of degrees: Improving graduation rates in four-year colleges and universities
Appropriate use of high stakes testing in our schools: How should student learning and achievement be measured
Whatever it takes: How twelve communities are reconnecting out-of-school youth
Closing the aspirations-attainment gap: Implications for high school reform
Minority student achievement network
Educational needs index state report: Indiana
The challenge of scaling up educational reform: Findings and lesson from First Things First
High school guidance counselors: Facilitators or preemptors of social stratification in education
User's guide to computing high school graduation rates, Volume 1: Review of current and proposed graduation indicators
Locked up and locked out: An educational perspective on the U.S. prison pipeline
Closing the college participation gap: A national summary
Yes we can: Telling truths and dispelling myths about race and education in America
Who goes to preschool and why does it matter?
The seventh generation: Native students speak about finding the good path
Making good on a promise: What policymakers can do to support the educational persistence of dropouts
Peak experiences
Diversity, school, family, and community connections
Voices in urban education
Every child, every promise: Turning failure into action
Talent Development High Schools
Paving the way to postsecondary education: K-12 intervention programs for underrepresented youth
Data proposals threaten education and civil rights accountability
Tracking achievement gaps and assessing the impact of NCLB on the gaps
The unraveling of No Child Left Behind: How negotiated changes unravel the law
Education and incarceration
Academic pathways to college: Policies and practices of the fifty states to reach underserved students
Who's counted? Who's counting? Understanding high school graduation rates
Dispelling the myth - online
Forgotten students: American Indian high school students' narratives on college going
American Indian student achievement in Montana public schools: Features of the achievement gap and policy prescriptions
The nation's dropout crisis: Indiana's tool-box to help students succeed
National Indian education study part I: The performance of American Indian and Alaska Native fourth- and eighth-grade students on NAEP 2005 reading and mathematics assessments
Degree completions in areas of national need: 1996-97 to 2001-02
States that raise their high school graduation rates could generate millions more in higher wages
The (un)changing face of the Ivy League
Latinos in secondary education
Opening the door to the American Dream: Increasing higher education access and success for immigrants
Addressing America's dropout challenge: State efforts to boost graduation rates require federal support
Women reap more benefits from higher education, study finds
Understanding high school graduation rates (updated): National and state-specific information
U.S. student and adult performance on international assessments of educational achievement
Brown at 50: King's dream or Plessy's nightmare
Healthier and wealthier: Decreasing healthcare costs by increasing educational attainment
Ladders of learning: Fighting fade-out by advancing pK-3 alignment
A new way on school integration
Lost learning, forgotten promises: A national analysis of school racial segregation, student achievement, and "controlled choice" plans
Charter high schools: Closing the achievement gap
Closing educational achievement gaps for Latino/a students in Utah