ERIC Number: ED436024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Aiming High: Strategies To Promote High Standards in High Schools. Interim Report.
Visher, Mary G.; Hudis, Paula M.
This report evaluates 12 high schools in the New American High Schools (NAHS) program. Launched in 1996, NAHS is a U.S. Department of Education research project that was developed to showcase school-reform practices in selected schools. The report is based on a study that used NAHS schools as a "laboratory" for researching reform practices. It documents their experiences in designing, implementing, and sustaining reform. Using in-depth case studies, the study drew on stories and examples from several of the schools to illustrate each of 10 reform initiatives. It focuses on strategies for raising academic standards and expectations and how to create small learning environments that enable students and teachers to work together. It shows how to structure learning around careers and students' interests and how to promote student achievement by enhancing educators' professional development. Tips on linking classroom and workplace learning and advice on providing counseling to encourage in-depth college and career awareness are also presented. Other practices include: organizing the school day into flexible, relevant segments; assessing students' performance; forging partnerships with two- and four-year postsecondary schools; and creating active student support alliances involving educators, employers, parents, and communities. Two appendices share strategies and other information. (Contains 76 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Excellence in Education, High Schools, Models, National Programs, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.