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ERIC Number: ED501076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Emerging Evidence on Improving High School Student Achievement and Graduation Rates: The Effects of Four Popular Improvement Programs. Issue Brief
Herlihy, Corinne M.; Quint, Janet
National High School Center
The National High School Center released methods for improving low-performing high schools based on some of the most rigorous research currently available in the school reform arena. This research brief identifies lessons learned as well as key practices used to strengthen high schools and is based on evaluations of four widely used high school improvement programs: Career Academies, First Things First, Project GRAD, and Talent Development. Findings from these evaluations suggest that positive change is associated with a combination of instructional improvement and structural changes in school organization and class schedules. The brief is organized according to five cross-cutting challenges that high schools face in seeking to influence student outcomes: (1) Assisting students who enter high school with poor academic skills; (2) Improving instructional content and practice; (3) Creating a personalized and orderly learning environment; (4) Providing work-based learning opportunities and preparing students for the world beyond high school; and (5) Stimulating change in overstressed high schools. (Contains 1 table.) [This report was produced by the National High School Center.]
National High School Center. American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 800-634-0503; Fax: 202-403-5875; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A