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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2006

Education briefs: School's promise

Advertiser Staff

This summer, the Cleveland (Ohio) Municipal School District will introduce a new charter school that promises that every one of its sixth-graders will gain acceptance to a four-year college by the time they graduate.

The Entrepreneurship Preparatory School, which will operate year-round, will teach 125 students the skills they need to work toward an individual enterprise. It plans to add a grade each year and grow to 500 students by 2013.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, The Achiever, May 2006

ON THE WEB

DATA ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN HAWAI'I

A new Web site to help parents, students and educators access achievement information about their own public school has been launched in Hawai'i as part of a national network that offers help for the public in evaluating schools.

The Just for the Kids Hawai'i site provides comparative data for each school on math, English and "all subjects" areas plus other information about individual schools, including their enrollments and a breakdown of the numbers of students in specific categories such as low income and English as a second language.

It also offers information on schools in other states and ways individuals can help a school improve.

Go to www.just4kids.org.

ACADEMICS

CRUISE, YOU MAY LOSE

Completing academically challenging courses in high school dramatically increases the likelihood of earning a bachelor's degree, according to a newly released study by the U.S. Department of Education. The Toolbox Revisited: Paths to Degree Completion From High School Through College found that the academic rigor of a high school curriculum is the strongest indicator of postsecondary degree completion, regardless of a student's major course of study.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, The Achiever, May 2006