ERIC Number: ED462569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study: Wallace-Rose Hill High School, Teachey, N.C.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
In 1992, school leaders and teachers at Wallace-Rose High School in Teachey, North Carolina, began a multi-year whole-school improvement initiative that included the following actions: (1) identify low-performing students; (2) develop a team of faculty and administrators to work with low-performing students; (3) reduce class size for low-performing students; (4) provide extra help by extending the school day; and (5) combine school and community resources to focus on helping students succeed. Wallace-Rose adopted the following strategies for improvement: (1) require all students to complete a challenging academic core and a major; (2) raise expectations in the school and classroom; (3) provide organization, time, and staff development to support student improvement; (4) teach in ways that motivate students to learn challenging content; (5) upgrade the vocational program; (6) develop a guidance and advisement system; (7) organize work-based learning for students; and (8) use data to guide school practices. The improvement initiative has resulted in improvements in overall student performance, especially by African-American students. Despite enrolling more students in tougher courses, Wallace-Rose made a number of gains in 1994-1996, including fewer dropouts, student suspensions, and discipline problems. Wallace-Rose's success illustrated the importance of principals assuming the roles of visionary, role model, instructional leader, and manager of school improvement. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Academic Standards, Administrator Role, Black Students, Career Counseling, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Core Curriculum, Counseling Services, Course Selection (Students), Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Counseling, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Employment Qualifications, Guidelines, High Schools, Instructional Leadership, Integrated Curriculum, National Standards, Noncollege Bound Students, Partnerships in Education, Principals, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Shared Resources and Services, Staff Development, Standard Setting, Student Motivation, Systems Approach, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement, Teamwork, Tutoring, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.