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ERIC Number: ED480367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Case Study: Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, which is located in the rural New England town of Franklin, Massachusetts, is a school of "choice" that students elect to attend. All of the school's 850 students must have a career/technical focus for their studies. Most of Tri-County's ninth-graders are unprepared for high school, and 38% have special education needs. In the past, Tri-County's leaders and teachers faced a difficult challenge in educating many low- performing students who had never been expected to achieve at high levels. To meet this challenge, Tri-County's leaders and teachers developed a school-improvement framework that included the following improvement strategies: (1) raising graduation requirements by requiring all students to complete four courses in each major subject area (plus a concentration in career/technical studies); (2) raising classroom expectations by holding students to standards; (3) revising career/technical programs, including by integrating reading, mathematics, and writing skills into students' assignments; (4) providing structured work-based learning experiences; (5) improving guidance and advisement; (6) providing extra help and time; (7) recognizing outstanding achievement; and (8) using data to guide improvement. Tri-County's improvement efforts have yielded significant gains in student achievement on the High Schools That Work Assessment and Scholastic Aptitude Test. Tri-County's dropout rate has remained below 2.7% even though standards have risen for all students. (MN)
Southern Regional Education Board, Publication Orders Department, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790 ($1). Tel: 404-875-9211, Ext. 236; Fax: 404-872-1477; Web site: http://www.sreb.org/. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/publications/case_studies/tri-c ounty.asp.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts