Sarah D. Sparks -- In many schools in the United States, students struggling the most in mathematics at the start of high school have the worst odds of getting a qualified teacher in the subject, new research finds.
Succeeding in freshman-level mathematics is critical for students to stay on track to high school graduation, with students who make poor grades in math in 8th and 9th grades more likely to leave school entirely.
Some middle-school students at Clark Preparatory Academy in Detroit are seeing their math test scores rise after receiving regular help from tutors from a nearby high school. High-school students in the program are trained and earn elective credit. They spend two hours a week working with middle schoolers and are paid for their work.
Students at Herman Secondary School in Windsor, Ontario, are learning metal-cutting through a partnership of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and local machining, and tool and die shops. Students in the program say it could help address a shortage in the area of young workers with technical job skills. The program allows students to earn credits toward a general machinist's apprenticeship, while earning a high-school diploma.
John Fitzsimons -- Approximately 40 percent of the students who enter college fail to graduate within six years. Rather, they leave with no degree and staggering debt. As superintendents and boards of education, we do a disservice to our high school students if we do not provide them with opportunities to make choices and learn to manage their time. Let's begin by doing away with the practice of hiring short-term substitute teachers.
Career Academies were first developed some 35 years ago with the aim of restructuring large high schools into small learning communities and creating better pathways between high school and further education and the workplace.
The cost of educating Australians rose by 6 per cent in the year to March, outstripping overall inflation rates by more than three times.
The high-school sector accounted for most of the increase, with secondary education costs rising by 7.7 per cent in March compared with the same time last year