ERIC Number: ED462519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study: Los Fresnos High School, Los Fresnos, Texas. High Schools That Work.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Most of the predominantly Hispanic students at Los Fresnos High School (LFHS), Texas, speak both Spanish and English, qualify for reduced-price or free lunches, and are considered at-risk. LFHS students historically scored poorly on the California Achievement Test and Texas Assessment of Academic Skill, and many dropped out of school when they learned they lacked the necessary English skills to easily complete the required curriculum or pass the state graduation tests. In an effort to make LFHS a high-performing school, school leaders and teachers committed to improving teacher performance and student achievement. They developed a school improvement plan and applied to become a pilot site in "High Schools That Work," a grassroots reform effort, thus gaining access to technical assistance, professional development, and evaluation. School leaders and teachers focused on such things as creating a culture that supported learning, raising graduation requirements, providing professional development, and improving technology. LFHS students' achievement has improved, with fewer students dropping out, more students entering college, fewer students needing remedial courses, and more students completing a challenging high school curriculum. This report examines district support, state policies that supported LFHS' improvement efforts, and how the Southern Regional Education Board helped LFHS. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Students, Case Studies, Educational Improvement, Faculty Development, High Schools, Hispanic American Students, Poverty, Teacher Expectations of Students, Urban Schools
Southern Regional Education Board, Publication Orders Department, 592 10th St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790 (Item no. 00V44, $1 plus $2.50 shipping and handling). Tel: 404-875-9211, ext. 236; Fax: 404-872-1477. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/publications/case_studi es/Los_Fresnos.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Location: Texas