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ERIC Number: ED525305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Mission of the High School: A New Consensus of the Purposes of Public Education? Policy Information Perspective
Barton, Paul E.; Coley, Richard J.
Educational Testing Service
This report provides a view of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and multiple path approaches, along with information on evaluations of its effectiveness. CTE integrates mathematics education within technical and occupational courses, establishing high standards with the expectation that such programs can qualify graduates for postsecondary education at some level. The larger concept is "multiple paths" to graduation. In this respect, CTE is at odds with the single-path focus of the present reform movement. Where the balance will come in the evolution of high school policy is hard to predict, and will likely vary from state to state and district to district. The sustained and narrow focus on reading and mathematics that guides the setting of state and national education goals and defines the purpose of high school raises some large and extremely important questions, including the following: What are the broad purposes of public education? What is left out of the curriculum that may be very important? What is the impact of this narrowed focus and curriculum on democracy and on the education system in general? This report raises these questions and works to cast light on them. Finally, the report points out that the new high school reform movement must deal with decades of stagnation in the high school completion rate. (Contains 4 figures, 4 tables, and 52 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service