ERIC Number: ED480367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: 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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Curriculum, Data Collection, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Models, Outcomes of Education, Rural Areas, Rural Education, School Districts, State Legislation, Teacher Expectations of Students, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
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
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts