Category Archives: Education

The Pathway to Success at King/Drew Magnet High School

King/Drew Magnet High School isn’t just preparing its students for graduation; it’s preparing them for life.
The school may be located in one of the most disadvantaged parts of Los Angeles, California, but its students are reaching for the highest levels in education – and they are succeeding. Students at King/Drew not only gradate in high numbers, fully 90% of those who graduate go on to attend college, including many of the country’s top schools, and they receive millions of dollars in merit-based scholarships and university grants.

Know It 2 Own It: Helping People with Disabilities Access Middle Class Careers

March is National Disability Awareness Month, a month dedicated to promoting awareness of the strengths and achievements of Americans with disabilities. Today, many people with disabilities are living and working in the community and pursuing higher education. Yet, even now folks with significant disabilities often face additional barriers when trying to find jobs.

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Secretary Duncan at the National Urban League’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Note: Speaker deviated from prepared remarks.

Thank you for letting me be a part of your 12th annual legislative conference.

Throughout its history, the Urban League has stood for meaningful action that helps not just communities of color, but also the entire country in our ongoing effort to create a more just and equal society. So I want to thank you for your work. And I want to say that I share your sense of urgency, as does my entire team.

New grad rate data show gap between minority and white students is closing

New data out today show some positive signs in ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed, no matter their zip code.
Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, the graduation rates for American Indian, black, and Hispanic students increased by nearly four percentage points over two years, outpacing the growth for all students. This also shows that the gap between minority and white students is closing.

Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation

Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the growth for all students in the nation, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

What’s more, the gap between white students and black and Hispanic students receiving high school diplomas narrowed over that time, the data show.

Sink Your Teeth into These Very Special Pi Day Activities

It’s that time of the year again … time to think about celebrating Pi Day!
March 14 – (3/14) – has become an unofficial holiday dedicated to the rather unique irrational number that can be calculated to over a trillion digits beyond its decimal point.
A lot can be said about Pi Day, but did you know this year’s Pi Day is especially exclusive?
On 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m., the calendar date and time will match up numerically with the first 10 digits of Pi: 3.141592653.

4 Reasons Why Community College Was Perfect For Me

As a senior in high school, I felt as if I was the only one not excited about graduation because I had been denied acceptance to the universities for which I had applied. I had given up on having a glamorous college experience and had no idea what the future had in store for me and enrolled at a community college.
During my two years in community college, I reflected on career choices and my future as a whole, all the while using that time to boost my GPA. Once I figured out what I wanted to do, I applied to four-year universities and was accepted to the perfect school for me.