ERIC Number: ED470267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Every Child a Graduate: A Framework for an Excellent Education for All Middle and High School Students.
Joftus, Scott, Ed.
This paper explains that 6 million U.S. middle and high school students are in serious danger of being left behind as the nation begins to implement the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act legislation. While great attention has been paid to increasing early childhood education opportunities and ensuring that every child can read by third grade, little has been done to confront the growing problem of secondary school students who can barely read. Many high schools are not structured to provide support and individualized attention to needy students. This paper presents a framework for excellence for all middle and high school students that addresses such problems as low literacy skills, poorly prepared teachers, absence of academic and social supports, and low motivation. The framework emphasizes high quality teachers, focused learning time, effective instructional methods and rigorous curriculum, counseling that encourages parental involvement, and smaller classes. It consists of four initiatives: adolescent literacy, teacher and principal quality, college preparation, and small learning communities. The paper concludes that investing in this framework will pay for itself by strengthening the nation's economy and communities as it helps make every student a contributing member of society. (Contains 90 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, College Preparation, Excellence in Education, Federal Legislation, High School Students, High Schools, Literacy Education, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Principals, Small Classes, Teacher Competencies
Alliance for Excellent Education, 1101 Vermont Avenue, N.W. Suite 411, Washington, DC 20005. Web site: http://www.all4ed.org/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC.