ERIC Number: ED472823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Most Likely To Succeed: Policymaking in Support of a Restructured High School. A Report from the NASBE Study Group on Restructuring High Schools: Rethinking the Institution.
National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
Today's high schools are woefully out of step with the demands of the 21st century workplace. Their structure, once suited for creating skilled laborers and trades people for America's industrial economy of the early 1900s, now engenders an unacceptably high student dropout rate, wide student achievement gaps, inadequate preparation for the work force, and poor preparation for higher education. This report explores the possibilities of restructuring high schools along lines that establish a common core of rigorous standards for all students, align the P-16 educational system, personalize learning experiences for each student, connect schools and students to the community, and develop quality educators and challenging them to take on new roles. Recommendations for policymakers include taking the lead in identifying the need for reform and developing a broad-based response, developing an organizing vision for the reform, pursuing public support for the vision, conducting a state policy audit, developing an action plan and implementation strategy, and using the state university system to conduct research and evaluations of new high school models and strategies. An appendix contains a framework for rethinking high school. (Contains 69 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, High Schools, Relevance (Education), School Effectiveness, School Restructuring, Standards
National Association of State Boards of Education, 277 South Washington Street, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($14 plus $4.50 shipping and handling). Tel: 703-684-4000; Tel: 800-220-5183 (Toll Free); Fax 703-836-2313; Web site: http://www.nasbe.org. For full text: http://www.nasbe.org/Research_Projects/Most_Likely.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.