A New Record for the U.S. High School Graduation Rate

roughly half of states now offer multiple diplomas. Some are rigorous, but some aren’t. Also in many places, he says the high school graduation exam is a really low bar. Some states have dropped it altogether. Scores on the test known as the Nation’s Report Card suggest Cohen’s concerns are well-founded. Last year, high school seniors scored on average lower in reading than they did in 1992. Continue Reading →

Schools Require Parent Participation

Charter schools are legal in California. The state education code as well as voter-passed propositions, have consistently shown broad public support for them. There are rules about the types and amounts of support a local school district must give each charter. Instead of fighting charter schools, perhaps folks should consider the model advanced by San Carlos. That town (where I once lived) has basically turned their entire school system into charter schools. Continue Reading →