• March 19, 2012    

    Track your state’s high school graduation rates over the years with this interactive map. Interactive by Justin Myers. A new report reveals progress is being made in the effort to curb the dropout rate among U.S. high school students, but … Continue reading

  • March 16, 2012    

    Getty illustration by Zigy Kaluzny In the classroom, it starts simply — sometimes with a struggle to sound out simple words; sometimes with trouble telling time, memorizing the times tables or learning left from right. It often ends simply, too: … Continue reading

  • March 16, 2012  

    A Colorado law that went into effect last year requires schools to teach public school students about financial responsibility — from drawing coins and bills to deducting purchases from their classroom bank accounts. Correspondent Tom Bearden reports. Continue reading

  • March 14, 2012    

    Although the Syracuse men’s basketball team received a No. 1 seed in this year’s championship tournament, the program failed to meet NCAA graduation rate standards. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images. Ahead of Thursday’s tipoff of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, … Continue reading

  • March 14, 2012  

    As part of the NewsHour’s American Graduate series, correspondent Spencer Michels reports on Techbridge, an after-school program based in Oakland, Calif., that shows hundreds of female students a path to pursuing careers in science and technology, while also trying to minimize the chances of them dropping out of school. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2012    

    Updated 5:09 p.m. | For many teenagers, getting behind the wheel is a rite of passage. It’s a step into adulthood that brings new freedoms and responsibilities. For a growing number of state legislatures, however, the driver’s license is being … Continue reading

  • March 13, 2012  

    A growing number of state legislatures are using driving privileges as an incentive to keep students from dropping out of high school. States’ laws vary, but the general premise is the same: If a student wants to stay on the road, he or she must stay in school. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • March 6, 2012  

    Black and Hispanic students are more likely to be suspended than white students, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights. Jeffrey Brown discusses the disparities with Christopher Edley Jr. of the University of California, Berkeley and the Fordham Institute’s Chester Finn Jr. Continue reading

  • February 27, 2012    

    A music therapist at the University of California, San Francisco uses a drum circle to connect with pediatric patients. (Photos by Spencer Michels) The interesting thing about music therapy is that nobody I could find understands how it works on … Continue reading

  • February 24, 2012  

    Serving mostly low-income children in New York City, an innovative music education program called Harmony provides free instruments and daily music lessons to children in third through sixth grades. Correspondent John Merrow reports on an arts program changing lives in public schools, based on a system developed in Venezuela. Continue reading