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ERIC Number: ED510918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 87
High School Teaching for the Twenty-First Century: Preparing Students for College. Issue Brief
Alliance for Excellent Education
To prepare students for postsecondary education, educators and policymakers must perform two tasks at the same time: restructure high schools so they are aligned to the expectations of colleges and revamp instruction so that college readiness is the goal, measure, and substance of good teaching. The research is clear: the key to preparing students for college is rigorous high school course work. Therefore, high schools and teachers must set college-ready expectations for students, teach rigorous content so that students can apply knowledge in new situations, and use teaching methods that engage students in learning to reason, write, and use information in complex ways. The conditions of high school teaching must also change because teachers cannot solve all problems on their own. Teachers need the help of standards, assessments, curricula, pre-service preparation, and professional development aligned to college readiness if they are to succeed in the classroom. In addition, policymakers should not assume that the biggest obstacle to preparing students for college is poor-quality teachers. Rather, the biggest problem may be the lack of alignment between the structure of high schools and what colleges expect. (Contains 3 charts and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: MetLife Foundation
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education