ESSA Missing Lots of Low-Grad-Rate High Schools?

ESSA Missing Lots of Low-Grad-Rate High Schools?

October 3, 2018

A recent study from Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University shines a much-needed light on high schools that have “good enough graduation rates to avoid federally mandated intervention, but are able to produce those rates because so many struggling students leave,” Education Week’s Catherine Gewertz reports that while ESSA’s provisions “will catch many of the problem schools,” the study finds states “overlook nearly 500 schools where students are nearly as likely to leave as to graduate,” because ESSA only “requires intervention in schools when their graduation rates fall below 67 percent.”