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Weekend Reads: The three big strategies driving rising U.S. graduation rates

  • With high school graduation rates rising steadily since 2002, a team of reporters go deep on the strategies schools have been using to drive that increase. NPR Ed
  • The national movement to extend the school day with after-school programs prompts school districts and community organizations to share data and strategies in new ways. EdWeek
  • One in four young black people are neither in school nor employed in nine U.S. cities featured in a new report. The Atlantic
  • Students petition the College Board to let them retake the SAT for free after an error caused scores from one test section to be thrown out. Answer Sheet
  • Here’s what test-taking looks like in Baltimore, India, Pakistan, South Korea and more places around the world. The Atlantic
  • And in China, officials are using drones to identify students who cheat on the country’s college entrance examination. CBS News
  • Renovations at an Oklahoma school uncover 100-year-old chalkboard drawings. NewsOK
  • A fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute takes a deep look at changes that have reshaped New Orleans schools since Hurricane Katrina. Washington Monthly
  • Michael Petrilli used a linguistic algorithm to analyze the tweets of prominent education policy officials, teachers and writers and found a lot of upbeat, analytic people. Education Next
  • Even though college tuition in Norway is free, the children of parents without a college degree are just as unlikely to attend as American children of parents who didn’t go. The Hechinger Report
  • The Mexican government reinstates its new teacher evaluation plan after the country’s June 7 elections, which the teachers union had threatened to disrupt, were carried out smoothly. EdWeek
  • Don’t miss WNYC’s series on a transgender third-grader attending a Brooklyn public school. SchoolBook
  • The New York teenager who spent more three years on Riker’s Island, much of it in solitary confinement and waiting on a trial that never happened, commits suicide in the wake of his post-release struggles to return to school and society. The New Yorker