The complications behind U.S. graduation rates (NPR): The national high-school graduation rate reached 81 percent in 2013, a record high. But different states have different ways of calculating their rates, and some schools game the system by moving students off their books instead of counting them as dropouts.
State lawmakers leave federal waiver issues up to Congress (The News Tribune): A state bill addressing Washington’s loss of its No Child Left Behind waiver has stalled in Olympia, leaving the matter up to Congress. Bi-partisan legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray earlier this year would update the law and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.
WSU president goes on medical leave: Washington State University President Elson Floyd announced Friday that he will take a medical leave of absence while receiving treatment for colon cancer.