ERIC Number: ED478725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Making Schools Work: Raising Student Achievement in Rural Middle Grades and High Schools.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
The Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) Making Schools Work (MSW) initiative works with clusters of high schools and their feeder middle grades to raise student achievement in rural areas. MSW is based on the belief that all students can complete an "advantaged" curriculum, although some students may require more time, individualized instruction, encouragement, and direction. In working with rural high schools, SREB has identified specific problems, such as low expectations and lack of resources, that often prevent rural schools and communities from raising student achievement. Clusters of rural high schools and their feeder middle grades are working with SREB to set higher standards, improve instruction, align the curriculum, develop an extra-help system, and connect schools and homes. MSW also focuses on transition in an effort to reduce the number of students who enter ninth grade unprepared for high school. This document provides information on major goals; key practices and key conditions for accelerating student achievement; the MSW-recommended curriculum for students in the middle grades and high school; indicators for moving from middle grades to high school and from high school to postsecondary education or the workplace; the MSW program for transition between eighth and ninth grades and between 12th grade and postsecondary activities; and ways to plan for success and measure progress. The benefits of MSW are listed, followed by an outline of the responsibilities of SREB and the states and school districts participating in MSW. (TD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Change Strategies, College Preparation, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Improvement Programs, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Teacher Expectations of Students, Transitional Programs
For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/msw/publications/MSWBrochure.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.