ERIC Number: ED462567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study: Swansea High School, Swansea, S.C.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
In the late 1980s, in response to a number of problems including consistently low academic performance by students and graduates lacking the skills needed by employers, Swansea High School in Swansea, South Carolina, launched a major reform effort designed to transform Swansea into a high-performance high school. During the multi-year reform process, school leaders eliminated the general track by requiring all students to complete a college-preparatory or a vocational-technical program of study. All students were required to identify a major in one of four broad career clusters. The school's guidance, advisement, and tutorial services were strengthened. Swansea's vocational curriculum and equipment were updated, and district and school leaders worked to develop curriculum guides that reflected national standards. In an effort to improve the quality of instruction, school and district leaders implemented a variety of staff development activities and expanded the use of instructional technology in mathematics and science classes. A shared vision was created among academic and vocational teachers, community partnerships were built, and applied instructional were strategies used to motivate students to learn challenging content. Swansea's reform efforts resulted in overall improvements in students' academic performance, as documented by the High Schools That Work assessments of reading, mathematics, and science performance in 1993 and 1996. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Academic Standards, Career Counseling, Case Studies, Change Strategies, College Preparation, Counseling Services, Course Selection (Students), Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Educational Counseling, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Educational Strategies, Educational Technology, Guidelines, High Schools, Instructional Leadership, Integrated Curriculum, National Standards, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Staff Development, Standard Setting, Student Motivation, Systems Approach, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement, Tech Prep, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.