ERIC Number: ED461468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The 1998 High Schools That Work Assessment: Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Sites Are Improving. Research Brief.
Bottoms, Gene; Feagin, Tom
The 1998 High Schools That Work (HSTW) Assessment report contains good news for HSTW sites in the Appalachian Regional Commission area and provides information on specific practices that need improvement. This research brief summarizes the report's findings. Based on 196 schools in 9 Appalachian states, the report shows that school, district, and state efforts to use the HSTW school-improvement framework are succeeding. Between 1996 and 1998, Appalachian sites showed significant gains in 12th-graders' performance in reading, mathematics, and science. Gains in mathematics and science achievement were related to increased numbers of students completing the HSTW-recommended curriculum in mathematics and science. However, 36 percent of students at Appalachian sites read "below basic"--a level too low for success in a career-pathway job or further education. Appalachian sites scored lower than the 140 most-improved HSTW sites in 1998 in all three areas. Findings and recommendations are presented concerning six challenges facing Appalachian sites: improving the reading, mathematics, and science achievement of career-bound students; raising standards and the quality of instruction in career/technical courses; improving the quality of guidance services and making parents an active partner; and providing staff development to help teachers raise student achievement. (SV)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Educational Assessment, Educational Counseling, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, High School Seniors, High Schools, Improvement Programs, Mathematics Achievement, Professional Development, Reading Achievement, School Effectiveness, Science Achievement
For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/publications/briefs/ResearchBrief14-Appalachian.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.