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College Readiness News Roundup: Stagnant College Graduation Rates, Readiness in Rural Schools, and More

Posted in Test Prep on September 30, 2011 by

A stack of newspapersIn this week’s College Readiness News Roundup, read articles about readiness in rural high schools, No Child Left Behind waivers, and the reasons behind stagnant college graduation rates.

1. Rural Schools Work to Improve Students’ College Readiness

After receiving a federal Investing in Innovation grant, 29 Northeast Tennessee high schools are increasing the effort to make students more college-ready. Read more on Education Week’s “Rural Education” blog.

2. No Child Left Behind: With Waivers, Obama Grants Schools Flexibility

Obama will give schools more flexibility under No Child Left Behind, allowing schools to apply for waivers from specific aspects of the law. The waivers would would allow schools to pursue individual plans for school improvement and improved college and career readiness. Read more in this article from The Christian Science Monitor.

3. Revolution in Education Won’t Be Fast or Easy

“It will look worse before it looks better,” warns Rochelle Riley of Michigan’s sweeping plans for educational reform. Read more about Riley’s predictions, and Michigan’s new definition of “proficient,” in this article from The Detroit Free Press.

4. College Graduation Rates Are Stagnant Even as Enrollment Rises, Study Finds

A report by Complete College America shows that despite growing enrollment, graduation rates aren’t budging — and remedial courses play a large part in the crisis. Read more in this article from the New York Times.