ERIC Number: ED462559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Finishing the Job: Improving the Achievement of Vocational Students.
Bottoms, Gene; Presson, Alice
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)-State Vocational Education Consortium's commitment to higher standards for and greater achievement of vocational students has brought substantial gains in student performance. SREB's High Schools That Work (HSTW), a school improvement initiative, documents achievement gains by vocational students. Data from exams based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress show HSTW sites assessed in 1996 and 1998 met the goal to raise mathematics and science achievement of vocational students to the national averages of all high school students. Reading achievement remains a problem. HSTW has identified these school and classroom practices that matter in raising student achievement: students complete a challenging curriculum; districts and states increase graduation requirements; seniors take a mathematics and a science course; vocational teachers stress academic knowledge and skills; teachers set high expectations and make assignments that engage students; students receive guidance and advisement; students meet curriculum and achievement goals; and vocational students are held to demanding standards for technical achievement. SREB's challenge is to continue working with states, districts, and schools to take the lessons learned and help inform state and local policy and leadership initiatives that can improve students' academic and technical achievement. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Case Studies, Community Support, Course Selection (Students), Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Methods, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Mathematics Achievement, Program Improvement, Reading Achievement, School Guidance, Science Achievement, Staff Development, Student Participation, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Expectations of Students, Vocational Education
Southern Regional Education Board, Publication Orders Department, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790 (00V10; $3 or $2 for 10 or more). Tel: 404-875-9211, ext. 236; Fax: 404-872-1477; Web site: http://www.sreb.org/. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/publications/pubs/Finishin gTheJob.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.