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Cap And Gown Swag: Celebrities Cheesing It Up In Their Throwback Graduation Photos

May 16th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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We all have those extra cheesy graduation photos don’t we? You know the ones. Posing next to the year of our graduation. Holding on to roses and laying our faces on our hands. Looking back on them now, I think we all cringe. But back in the day, they made us proud. Same goes for celebrities. Here are a few celebs looking very happy and accomplished as they graduated from middle school, high school and college.

Dwyane Wade 13

Before he was a NBA champion and star dating Gabrielle Union and wearing capri Gucci pants, Wade was another kid from the South Side of Chicago with hoop dreams who idolized Michael Jordan. I would predict that this graduation photo was from middle school/junior high since he looks so young. He’s come so far hasn’t he? And thankfully he also grew into those ears.

California Reports Increase in African American High School Grads; Dropout Rate Declines

April 12th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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When it comes to education, any improvement is move in the right direction. This is the case in California, where state officials just reported slight improvements in dropout and graduation rates and continued gains made by Latino and African American students

“Overall, the state dropout rate declined by 1.5 percentage points to 13.2% for the class of 2012, when compared to the class of 2011. For Latinos, the improvement was 2.1 percentage points; for African Americans, it was 3.1%,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

According to new data, the state graduation rate was 78.5 percent, an increase of 1.4 percentage points from 2011. The larger gains were among Latinos and African Americans.

The annual report, which is now in its third year, tracks individual students from ninth grade to graduation.

This comes as good news, especially since there have been “devastating cuts” made to the education budget.  “We must keep moving to ensure every California student graduates ready to succeed in the world they find outside the classroom,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in a conference call with reporters.

Looking at the stats for the City of Los Angeles, the data was also positive. The Los Angeles Unified School District saw a graduation rate of 66.2 percent, up 1.4 percentage points from 2011.

“For Latinos, the improvement was 2.4 percentage points. For African Americans, however, the graduation rate went down slightly by less than a percentage point,” reports the newspaper. The dropout rate was 20.3 percent, a decrease of  2.3 percentage points. The drop out  rate for African Americans fell 1.8 points.

Happy Black Girl News! High School Graduation Rates Predicted To Reach 90% By 2020

February 25th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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High school graduation rates are steadily rising for the first time in decades, reports Reuters. The “Building a Grad Nation” report revealed that graduation rates in Tennessee,  Louisiana, Alaska, California, Texas and New York have dramatically improved. The national graduation rate is also reported to have increased from 71.7 percent in 2001, to 78.2% in 2010. If the momentum continues at this rate, the report suggests that the United States could be looking at a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.

“For the first time in 40 years, we have seen significant, sustained improvement,” revealed  co-author of the study, John Bridgeland.

Graduation rates  in Iowa, Wisconsin and Vermont take the lead among other states in the nation with nearly 90 percent of students graduating high school.

“Increasing the graduation rate has to be a purposeful exercise, something you’re driven to do every day. More and more, you’re seeing people across the country get it,” said Terry Glover, Supt. of Houston, Texas public schools.

Nevada and New Mexico are ranked the lowest, with only six in ten freshmen students predicted to earn their diplomas in four years. Unfortunately, the report also revealed that nationally, the percentage of high school graduating minorities still falls behind that of their White peers, with one-third of African American students and 29 percent of Hispanic students dropping out prior to graduation. The graduation rate of African American and Hispanic students in Minnesota remained somewhere near 50 percent in 2011.

“We need to look at these disparities head on,” said Brenda Cassellius, Education Commissioner of Minnesota.

Tactics administered by education boards in various states with improved graduation rates included: building new schools, allowing students to make flexible schedules, hiring more school counselors to check student transcripts for missing credits and sending emissaries to home the homes of truant students.


State to Begin Phasing out High School Graduation Test

March 9th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(AJC) — The class of 2011 is about to be out the door, and so is the state’s high school graduation test.  The state Board of Education is expected Wednesday to start the process of phasing out the test that’s been the gateway — and, in some cases, stumbling block — to graduation for all of Georgia’s public high school students since 1995.  In the past three years, at least 3,000 students failed the test multiple times and had to petition the state Board of Education in order obtain their diplomas.  Even now, 100,000 high school juniors and seniors are getting ready to take the test in the next three weeks. But barring some major change, they’ll be among the last who have to pass the four-part Georgia High School Graduation Test before they can graduate.

Beginning with next school year’s high school freshman class, students will be expected to pass eight end-of-course tests to graduate.  Actually, they’ll have some wiggle room. What they’ll literally have to do is pass all eight courses, and those end-of-course tests will count for 20 percent of their course grade.  In the phase-in period, current students will be allowed to take either or both tests. But by graduation they will have to have passed the high school graduation tests in the core subject areas of English/language arts, math, science and social studies or the equivalent end-of-course tests, said Melissa Fincher, associate state school superintendent of assessment and accountability.

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