ERIC Number: ED304756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Implementation and Effects of High School Graduation Requirements: First Steps toward Curricular Reform. CPRE Research Report Series.
Clune, William H.; And Others
The focus of this study is the implementation and effects of high school graduation requirements enacted as a result of the recent wave of state reforms of education. The study concentrates on high school graduation course requirements. Interview data on the intent and effects of the requirements were gathered in six states, 24 districts, 32 high schools, 9 junior high schools, and 18 elementary schools. Over 700 interviews were conducted at the state and local levels. combined. A chapter is devoted to the current requirements as well as the change in requirements. The effects of requirements on course offerings in terms of change in and quality of course offerings are discussed. Respondents generally regretted the loss of vocational and elective courses but perceived this as a strong public support for higher standards. The paper concludes that the requirements were a qualified success because they produced broad-scale change of a type likely to make some difference in ultimate policy goals. Appended are 54 references and three tables. (SI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elective Courses, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Interviews, Vocational Education
Publication Sales, Center for Research Policy in Education, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Policy Research in Education.