ERIC Number: ED462518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
The 2000 "High Schools That Work" Assessment: Improving Urban High Schools. High Schools That Work Research Brief.
Bottoms, Gene; Fox, Joanna Hornig; New, Thomas
In 1998, the Southern Regional Education Board began using "High Schools That Work" (HSTW) strategies to improve urban student achievement. HSTW staff compared data from 1998 and 2000 HSTW assessments and examined the performance of career-bound students from 55 urban high schools. Results offer information on progress made in raising urban students' achievement, what works in raising urban high school students' achievement, challenges to improving achievement, and how states and districts can improve urban high schools. More urban students met HSTW performance goals for reading, mathematics, and science in 2000 than 1998, though there was a major gap between the achievement of students at urban high schools and at all HSTW sites (51 percent of students at all HSTW sites met the achievement goals, while only 39 percent did at urban sites). Actions that helped improve urban high school student achievement included increasing students' access to rigorous academic and technical studies and using research-based teaching methods. Challenges urban schools faced included attracting and retaining teachers who knew their subject matter and could engage students in learning and involving the entire faculty in raising students' literacy skills. States and districts can take such steps as providing leadership teams and offering teachers in low-performing schools continual, high quality professional development. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Educational Improvement, High Schools, Low Achievement, Urban Schools
Southern Regional Education Board, Publication Orders Department, 592 10th St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790 (Item no. 00V45, $1 plus $2.50 shipping and handling). Tel: 404-875-9211, ext. 236; Fax: 404-872-1477; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/publications/briefs/Lesson s_Learned.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.