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K-12 education resources

The following resources focus on the educational climate and betterment of those serving the K–12 educational community.

Disadvantaged students: The education system is rigged against low-income students, even in kindergarten.
 Students born into poverty enter kindergarten at a disadvantage to more affluent peers. As they advance through the grades, they receive lower test scores becoming more likely to drop out and less likely to enter higher education. The all-too-familiar cycle, in some ways, is getting worse, according to data in a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics. (Huffington Post, May 26).

Diplomas Count 2016: Report and Graduation Rates. (Education Week). This report examines “tried and true” principles of school improvement, and highlights stories from districts across the country that have integrated those principles into innovative new designs for high schools. It also includes the latest original graduation-rate analysis and graduation rates for the nation and every state.

Advanced Placement: Model policy components reviews key components of a comprehensive state AP policy and model state policies that align with each component. The report is accompanied by a comprehensive 50-state comparison showing how all states approach fundamental elements such as financial and accountability incentives, collaboration between K-12 and higher education systems, funding for teaching training and several other important topics.

Economic impact: Student suspensions are costing taxpayers big money.
 Student suspensions are costing U.S. taxpayers a whopping $35 billion—an estimate researchers call “undoubtedly conservative. That’s the latest finding from a report published this week by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA, the first report to quantify the economic cost of suspending students from school. (U.S. News & World Report, June 3).

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