Month: June 2012

Torlakson Reports Climb in Graduation Rates for California

SACRAMENTO—High school graduation rates are up across California and dropout numbers are down, state education officials said Wednesday. The biggest gains being made among English learners and the state’s largest minority groups, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today. The new numbers represent the most accurate picture of how many state students are making it through school to graduation day. More than three quarters, or 76.3 percent, of students who started high school in 2007 graduated with their class in 2011. That is up 1.5 percentage points from the 2010 graduation rate. Larger gains were seen among Hispanic and African American students at 2.2 …

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California Department of Education Releases School Ranks

June 14, 2012—The California Department of Education (CDE) today has made available the data for the School Ranks for both statewide and similar schools, the 2011 Base Academic Performance Index (API), and Growth Targets on the CDE API Reports Web page.  (To find the information in one central location, go to the API Reports Web page and click on the County Reports link and submit your county. All the districts with their schools will be available on that one page.)  A school’s Base API score plus its growth target becomes that school’s goal for its next Growth API score, which will be released in …

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Preparing for National GEAR UP Week 2012: Sept 10-14

September 10-14, 2012  is  National GEAR UP Week, an event highlighting the positive impact that GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), has had on students, families, schools, and communities since Congress authorized the program thirteen years ago. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP programs, schools, families, and partners across the country will celebrate throughout the week of September 10-14. How to Celebrate National GEAR UP Day: 1)  Create a “GEAR UP Dreams Wall” by covering the …

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