ERIC Number: ED467576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
All over the Map: State Policies To Improve the High School.
Martinez, Monica; Bray, Judy
This report builds on information prepared for and presented at the June 2001 meeting of the National Alliance on the American High School (the Alliance). It focuses on one layer of the education system, state policy, which was selected for study because major changes in practice are hard to establish and even harder to sustain when state policies are inhospitable toward high school reform. State statutes and state board requirements affecting public high schools were studied, and data were gathered from a number of credible sources. The state policies reviewed fell into three clusters: (1) policies specific to high schools that deal with compulsory schooling ages, course credit, graduation, and diplomas; (2) policies to ensure opportunities to learn, which include those related to education financing, safe, non-violent schools, help for students who are falling behind, teacher certification requirements, and options beyond the regular comprehensive high school; and (3) policies surrounding standards, assessments, and accountability. The policies specific to high school carry some unpleasant messages about how relatively unchanged high schools have remained during the past two decades. Legislation relative to the high school curriculum and graduation suggests that findings of 20 years ago are still true. If students show up, can pass their courses, and do not cause trouble, they will graduate. The most significant difference is that today many students will also have to pass a state examination to receive a diploma. State policies keep the odds for students unbalanced, with clear tracks with different opportunities for different students. State leaders need to take a closer look at how their states have addressed high school education. (Contains 2 tables, 20 maps, 13 endnotes, and 28 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Curriculum, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, High Schools, Public Policy, Standards, State Legislation, State Programs
National Alliance for the American High School, c/o The Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 310, Washington, D.C. 20036. Tel:202-822-8405; Fax: 202-872-4050; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.hsalliance.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Chicago Community Trust, IL.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared for the National Alliance on the American High School with support of Alliance for Excellent Education, American Youth Policy Forum, Forum for Youth Investment, Institute for Educational Leadership, Jobs for the Future (JFF), National Association of Secondary School Principals, and National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform.