ERIC Number: ED458351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Youth at the Crossroads: Facing High School and Beyond.
Barth, Patte, Ed.
Thinking K-16, v5 n1 Win 2001
This publication presents information on the outcomes of high school. It begins with an overview, "Youth at the Crossroads: Facing High School and Beyond," which suggests there are fundamental educational gaps among African American and Latino high school students and White students. The main article, "Are Today's Graduates Ready?" (Kati Haycock and Sandra Huang), examines high school student achievement and graduation rates. High school completion rates have remained unchanged for three decades, with the United States ranking 17th worldwide. High school students are reading no better than their peers a decade ago. Their mathematics and science gains are attributable to improvements before grade 8. Gaps between minority and white students are widening. Racial and gender differences exist in college entry rates, and lack of adequate preparation contributes to very high college dropout rates. Jobs for high school dropouts and high school graduates without further education are shrinking. In the 21st century, students will need at least some postsecondary education. In order to succeed in postsecondary education, high school students must regularly engage in rigorous, challenging work. The summary article, "Actions for Communities and States," prescribes actions for rethinking high school education:(1) clarify goals (K-16) and plot linked reforms; (2) develop partnerships of two-year and four-year institutions; (3) include students in planning: (4) use data analysis to drive the plan; and (5) critically examine state and local policies. (Contains 31 data figures and 16 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Dropout Rate, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Graduation, High School Graduates, High School Students, High Schools, Minority Group Children, Postsecondary Education, Underachievement
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Note: Theme issue.