ERIC Number: ED460224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Opportunities in Washington's High Schools under State Education Reform: Case Studies of Eight Washington High Schools.
McLain, Barbara; Thompson, Madeleine
This report summarizes interviews with Washington state administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members at eight public high schools. Respondents identified several common themes regarding strategies to improve learning, the impact of state standardized tests, options and strategies for making learning more relevant, and challenges and opportunities for the future. They reported that changes were being made in curriculum to align with the Essential Academic Learning Requirements and ensure that students covered essential material in time for the 10th grade Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL). Changes were also being made in instruction and assessment to prepare students for the WASL. Most participants expressed concerns about the WASL, though state standards had broad support. Remediation options for students having problems passing the WASL were being explored. Schools were experimenting with strategies to make learning more relevant, such as culminating projects and portfolios. The use of career pathways varied widely. Preparing students for the WASL and student remediation raised significant concerns. There were still some traditional assumptions about high school education (e.g., the best high school is one that provides a little something for everyone, and students deserve to relax during their senior year). (SM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Change, Educational Opportunities, Educational Quality, High Schools, Public Schools, Relevance (Education), Remedial Programs, Standardized Tests, State Standards, Student Evaluation
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: Washington
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Washington Assessment of Student Learning