ERIC Number: ED460223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Opportunities in Washington's High Schools under State Education Reform: High School Responses to Expectations for Change. Final Report.
McLain, Barbara; Thompson, Madeleine
This report describes educational programs and opportunities available to Washington state's high school students, emphasizing changes brought about by the state's education reform. Information came from surveys and interviews with teachers, students, and parents and state and national data. The study examined whether high schools were increasing the rigor of what students learned, making learning more relevant for students, and providing learning options for 11th and 12th grades (e.g., Advanced Placement and vocational-technical education). Most Washington high schools are increasing rigor by emphasizing state standards and changing graduation requirements. Most are developing portfolios, culminating projects, educational pathways, and educational plans to help students plan for post-high school transition. National research is not conclusive about whether such efforts are effective. Most learning options identified in statute for 11th and 12th grade were readily available statewide. It is not clear how the Certificate of Mastery and other graduation requirements will influence learning options. Eleven appendices include information on survey responses, case studies, state support of remediation for students at risk of failing graduation tests, state adjustments to standards-based graduation tests, Oregon's Certificates of Mastery, career academies, grants, college level learning enrollment, student demographics in college level learning, state support for college level learning, and a glossary of school-to-work terms. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Graduation, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Higher Education, Planning, Portfolios (Background Materials), Public Schools, Relevance (Education), State Standards, Teacher Expectations of Students
Washington State Institute for Public Policy, 110 East Fifth Avenue, Suite 214, P.O. Box 40999, Olympia, WA 98504-0999. Tel: 360-586-2677; Fax: 360-586-2793; Web site: http://www.wsipp.wa.gov.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Inst. for Public Policy, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon; Washington