ERIC Number: ED485282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Linking Career/Technical Studies to Broader High School Reform: What Can School Districts, States and the Nation Do to Get More High Schools to Implement Comprehensive High School Reform? Research Brief. Challenge to Lead
Bottoms, Gene; Presson, Alice; Han, Lingling
Southern Regional Education Board
In 1987, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and 13 Southern states formed the SREB-State Career/Technical Education Consortium and established two goals. One goal is to increase the percentages of career-oriented students who complete a planned sequence of career/technical (CT) courses and a challenging academic core in English/language arts, mathematics and science needed for postsecondary education and careers. The second is to increase the percentages of career-oriented students who demonstrate performance in reading, mathematics and science at proficiency levels necessary to pass employers' exams and to pursue postsecondary studies without having to take remedial courses. To achieve these goals the consortium developed a framework of key practices that represent the High Schools That Work (HSTW) improvement design. Over the years SREB has developed a set of research-based indicators for measuring the depth to which the design has been implemented. The following questions are answered in this document: (1) Do career-oriented students have significantly higher achievement at high-implementation schools than do similar students at low-implementation schools? (2) Why do career-oriented students at high-implementation schools perform better than career-oriented students at low-implementation schools? and (3) What can states, school districts and national policymakers do to get all students to achieve at least at the basic level and at least half at the proficient level and above on a NAEP-like exam?
Descriptors: Technical Education, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Secondary Education, High School Students, Career Education, High Schools, Academic Standards, Program Implementation
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5776. Tel: 404-875-9211.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.