ERIC Number: ED485277
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Raise Academic Standards and Get More Students to Complete High School: How 13 Georgia Schools Did It. Challenge to Lead Research Brief
Bottoms, Gene; Anthony, Karen
Southern Regional Education Board
State accountability goals for high schools must give equal emphasis to raising standards and increasing the percentages of students entering grade nine and earning high school diplomas four years later. High school completion rates between 1988 and 2000 declined in all but eight states. Many high schools in states with declining graduation rates have increased the percentages of students meeting the new rigorous course requirements and high stakes exams while experiencing decline in their schools' completion rates." 13 Georgia high schools increased both the percentage of students meeting raised graduation standards and raised graduation rates. This report answers the question: What did school and teacher leaders in 13 high schools believe they did to achieve both of these results? To answer this question the Georgia state database was used to analyze high school completion rates and first-time passing rates on the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English/language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and writing for all Georgia high schools. [Additional support for this report was provided by the Wallace Foundation]
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Standards, Teacher Leadership, Graduation Rate, Graduation, Academic Achievement, State Standards, Accountability
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Goldman Sachs Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.