Recess round-up: August 17, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break!

Achievement gap: In “‘post-racial’ America, separate and unequal education is still the norm.” (The Atlantic)

Graduation rates: Only 47 percent of America’s black males graduate from high school on time, compared with 78  percent of their white male counterparts, according to a new report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Education Week)

College rankings: Add Top Green Schools and What Will They Learn? to the recent rankings by Forbes and U.S. & World Report. Where are the rankings by actual students? (Sierra Magazine)

College freshmen: In an effort to ease the transition to college and improve retention rates, universities have ramped up orientation programs. (U.S. News & World Report and The Hechinger Report)

Early learners: About 4.5 million children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, yet nearly 1 million children may have been misdiagnosed — not because of behavior but because they’re the youngest in their kindergarten class. (USA Today)

Testing: Children do better on their exams when their teachers focus on learning, rather than on test results, according to a survey of recent research, published by the Institute of Education in London. (via UCLA/IDEA Newsroom)