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EDUCATION WEEK JUNE 5, 2014 Diplomas Count > www.edweek.org/go/dc14 n | S3 At Da Vinci Science High School in Los Angeles, senior Rafael Rodriguez tries to raise his heart rate for an experiment in an anatomy, physiology, and disease class. The school emphasizes teaching students to "fail productively." DIGITAL EDITION David Walter Banks for Education Week www.edweek.org/go/dc2014-download INSIDE 5 6 DATA: Engagement Landscape 10 14 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Spurring Student Success: It's More Than Academics T An Age-Old Problem Gets New Attention 17 H  arnessing Peer Power to Navigate College Motivating Students With Tuition, Cash California School Draws Lessons  From Failure 20 At San Ysidro High, 'Community' Is Key 22 Measuring Motivation  he nationwide push toward greater school accountability and common standards has generated a chorus of calls for raising the level of academic rigor in U.S. schools. More recently, though, has come the realization that academics alone may not be enough: Students have to want to come to school, work hard, and graduate on time. And they have to feel capable of achieving their academic goals. The trick for educators is to figure out how to make that happen. The new attention to cultivating character traits such as persistence, grit, and self-control in students also reflects the emergence of new knowledge. As a result of the work of researchers G  raduation Rate Breaks 80 Percent such as Stanford University's Carol S. Dweck, Angela L. Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania, and others, more educators-and researchers-have come to believe that strategies for motivating students are within reach. TABLE: Graduation in the United States  At Da Vinci Science High School in Los Angeles, for example, educators are emphasizing "productive failure"-the idea that students benefit from failing and then learning to recover as they work hard to master the concepts that eluded them. (See article, Page 17.) DATA: Graduation Gaps Elsewhere, schools and foundations are testing other levers to keep students on track in school: *The New York City-based Posse Foundation assembles peer groups to support urban, college-bound students as they make the often-difficult transition from high school to college and then graduation. (See article, Page 10.) *The promise of a college scholarship is the carrot being dangled in front of students in Kalamazoo, Mich.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Oklahoma, and other locations. (See article, Page 14.) *And, at California's San Ysidro High School, educators have crafted a curriculum that taps into local cultural resources and focuses on community service. (See article, Page 20.) Also worth noting this year is a change in the statistical core of the Diplomas Count report. For the first ON THE COVER (Clockwise from left) Rafael Rodriguez does time, the original graduation-rate analysis will not be based on the Cumulative Promotion Index, or cpi, the calculation method pioneered by Christopher B. Swanson, the vice president of Editorial Projects in pull-ups as part of the same heart-rate experiment at Da Vinci. Photo by David Walter Bank for Education Week Education, Education Week's parent company. Because of a delay in the release of the federal data on which the analysis is based, Diplomas Count Senior Francisco Merida cuts polycarbonate with a router 2014 instead draws on a recent study from the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. to attach to a robot during an engineering class at Da Vinci. Department of Education's statistical arm, that uses similar methodology to present national and Photo by David Walter Bank for Education Week state graduation rates for the high school class of 2012. The new federal analysis finds that, for the first time in the nation's history, more than eight in San Ysidro High School graduate Jennifer Sanchez takes 10 students are completing high school with a diploma. The national graduation rate rose to 81 a blood-pressure reading on a patient at the San Ysidro percent in 2012, from 78 percent two years earlier. Health Center just outside of San Diego. Ms. Sanchez Still, of the 3.8 million students who entered 9th grade in fall 2008, about 760,000 did not was introduced to the clinic and the health-care field through graduate on time. the medical-pathway program at her high school. And while hefty divides continue to separate white and Asian students from their AfricanAmerican, Latino, and American Indian peers, there is a bright spot: The gains at the naPhoto by Sandy Huffaker for Education Week tional level were largely driven by improvements among Hispanic and African-American -THE EDITORS students. RESEARCH CENTER 24 25 26 This report's coverage of school climate and student engagement is supported in part by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the NoVo Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, and the California Endowment. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation provides support for Diplomas Count. Copyright ©2014 by Editorial Projects in Education Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication shall be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic or otherwise, without the written permission of the copyright holder. 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