ERIC Number: ED328999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Reform Options Targeted to Middle-Range High School Students. [Research Report] 08-027.
Rosenblum, Sheila; And Others
Policy and program options for economic revitalization in the Southeast region of the United States through educational reform, with a focus on improving the learning experiences of middle-range high school students (30th to 70th percentile on standardized tests), are discussed. The study examined the ways in which state and local school districts are meeting students' needs: improving access to postsecondary education, especially minorities and first generation college students; increasing the probability of high school graduation; providing support and incentives; improving academic readiness; and including outside partners in the education process. Methodology involved a review of policy and research literature, analysis of political legislation and program documents, and telephone interviews with over 100 educational community members. A discussion of policy findings identifies three critical state policy roles for meeting middle-range student needs: school improvement, providing incentives, and promoting collaboration. A description of the following program initiatives are assessed according to their amenability to state policy and local implementation: alternative school programs; school-based and externally based support services; collaboratives; and indirect services, such as staff and curriculum development. Conclusions are made in three areas: redefinition of the target group, change in the state role toward an outcomes-based model, and the broadening participation of external organizations. Appendices include forms and instruments, summaries of additional program initiatives, and state summaries. (18 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, High Schools, Policy Formation, Productivity, School Restructuring, State Government, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Improvement
Publications, Southeastern Educational Improvement Laboratory, P.O. Box 12748, 200 Park Offices, Suite 200, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2748 ($8.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Educational Improvement Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.