ERIC Number: ED439503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
High Schools in the Hot Seat: An Overview of Current Challenges. EdSource Report.
EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
This report takes a broad look at the status of California's high schools. It examines the demands being placed on schools, new systems for accountability, available data on the performance of students and schools, and the resources high schools currently devote to helping students achieve. The text focuses on the various factors that influence curriculum and requirements, such as how college admissions drive high-school course offerings and the emphasis that industry places on school-to-career pathways. It discusses how student-achievement and school-accountability measures are changing, how low-achieving students have faced few consequences, how California is raising the bar on high-school graduation, and how school evaluation has depended on self-study processes. The article outlines the key elements of California's new school-accountability system and how the state currently measures student and school performance. It details how college-preparation data are revealing positive trends in student achievement and reports that more students are aiming for college. It assesses the kinds of students in the system and states that high schools lack qualified staff. The document concludes that schools must be made safe, that they must offer afterschool programs, and that funding adequacy is a key concern. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Environment, High Schools, Needs Assessment, Student Characteristics, Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California