ERIC Number: ED446372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Low-Performing High Schools: Ideas & Promising Programs for High Schools.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Many low-performing high schools find it difficult to implement effective action plans because research is lacking and policy options are limited. Committees comprised of all major stakeholding groups, including administrators, teachers, counselors, support personnel, parents, and community members should be formed by schools to oversee every step of a reform program. These steps include a self-study, research-based reform, entry-level standards, intensive intervention programs, a safe learning environment, high academic standards, full certification, organizing personal communities, and creating student learning incentives. At present, little research backs block scheduling, year-round schools and late-start days, and interdisciplinary education is vague. Research suggests schoolwide reforms are more effective, and successful programs show evidence of reforms that help all students meet high standards. Schoolwide reforms have been independently proven, have been replicated beyond a pilot program, and are supported by a professional infrastructure. (Includes synopsis, contact information, and rating of high school programs in each of five areas: (1) schoolwide academic programs; (2) violence prevention; (3) reading and English language; (4) remedial reading; and (5) drop-out attendance and college attendance). (TEJ)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.