ERIC Number: ED427398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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The New American High School.
Marsh, David D., Ed.; Codding, Judy B., Ed.
This book proposes strategies for improving high schools based on high standards, particularly the idea of the Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM), and discusses changes necessary to ensure that all students attain mastery. Part 1, "Where We Are and Where We Ought to Be," contains two chapters. In "Just Passing Through: The Life of an American High School," Judy B. Codding and Robert Rothman analyze the failure of a high school where students consistently fall below the state norms and describe the challenges facing high schools today. In "How Did We Get Here, and Where Should We Be Going?," Marc S. Tucker examines the evolution of the American high school over several decades. Part 2, "The New American High School: A Standards-Driven Experience," contains four chapters. In"Standards and Assessment: The Foundation of High Student Achievement," Robert Rothman describes the kind of performance standards that are needed, and distinguishes them from content standards. In "Rethinking Curriculum and Instruction in the New American High School," David D. Marsh and Philip Daro delineate principles of constructing a high school curriculum that addresses performance standards. In "Standards-Based Classrooms in High Schools: An Illustration," Sally Hampton depicts how a classroom in a new standards-based high school would look and function. In "Beyond the CIM: Pathways to the Future," Jacqueline Kraemer, John Porter and Marc S. Tucker specify different programs for students who wish either to prepare for college after achieving their CIM or to seek an occupational certificate. Part 3, "The New American High School: A Standards-Driven System" contains three chapters. In (7) "A New High School Design Focused on Student Performance," Judy B. Codding and Marc S. Tucker offer a design for the new high school that will get every student to CIM standards. In "District Redesign: Direction, Support, and Accountability for Standards-Based High Schools," David D. Marsh and Michael Strembitsky discuss the obligation of school districts to define the standards that students will reach and the role of specific professionals responsible for certain aspects of student performance. In "Some Tough Choices Ahead," David D. Marsh summarizes key elements and choices facing schools. (Contains 59 references, an epilogue, and selected bibliography.) (RIB)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, High Schools, Mastery Learning, Performance Based Assessment, Standards
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks CA 91320-2218 (cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6225-8, $51.95; paper: ISBN-0-8039-6226-6, $22.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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