How schools got hooked on online learning to boost graduation rates

How schools got hooked on online learning to boost graduation rates

Nearly a decade ago, state officials decreed that starting in 2009, graduation data would factor into the letter grades assigned to individual schools. The stakes were high: Consecutive failing marks meant that the state could mandate major changes, like replacing the school’s principal; significant improvement translated into extra cash for perks like teacher bonuses and athletic equipment. The policy change worried Reginald James, then the superintendent of the Gadsden County School District in the Florida Panhandle. By 2010, Gadsden’s graduation rate had fallen to a bleak 43 percent. So at the…

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Study loop: Is distance graduation the right choice for you?

Study loop: Is distance graduation the right choice for you?

Eshna Goenka, 23, a graphic artist from Mumbai, made an unconventional decision after Class 12. She decided to opt for the BA correspondence course offered by Mumbai university, and use her time exploring career choices. She tried her hand at event management for a while, working as an event coordinator at Rolling Stone magazine. “One year into events, I took up graphic design and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since,” she says. In addition to her graduate degree, she has completed a six-month design course and is now a…

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