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On March 12, 2013, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) announced that it had become a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Previously, PARCC was not a formal legal entity; it was a collection of member states with Achieve, a non-profit educational reform group, acting as the Project Management Partner. The press release [...]
In order for students to truly be career and college-ready, they need to develop the 21st century skills and personal interests beyond the core graduation requirements. Taking electives can give students the chance to explore new subjects, foster creativity, and pursue new and exciting interests. To get the most out of elective offerings, here are [...]
I’ve seen the statement made over the years several times: that the term “dropout” was not used prior to 1950. This implies that dropping out of school before graduation was seen as a normal course of events and that schools did not think it was necessary to do anything about it.
This may or may not be true, but what we can say with some certainty is that times have changed with respect to dropouts. The personal and societal effects of not finishing high school are well known: for individuals, lower incomes, fewer job opportunities, even shorter life expectancy. For society in general, lower productivity, lost wages, the higher cost of social service can be traced to dropouts. Each year, our nation loses $319 billion in potential earnings associated with the dropout crisis.
Yet we are still losing students at an alarming rate. According to the National Dropout Prevention Center/ Network, over the past quarter of a century the percentage of students who drop out of school each year has stayed about the same. And each school day, about 7,000 students decide to drop out of school — a total of 1.2 million students each year — and only about 70% of entering high school freshman graduate every year.