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ERIC Number: ED537703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Raising the Bar, Building Capacity: Driving Improvement in California's Continuation High Schools. Executive Summary
de Velasco, Jorge Ruiz; McLaughlin, Milbrey
Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy
California's approximately 500 continuation high schools are estimated to serve more than 115,000 California high school students each year--a number that approaches almost 10 percent of all high school students and as many as one of every seven high school seniors. Continuation schools are, however, more racially and ethnically concentrated than the state's traditional comprehensive high schools. Hispanic students comprise 55 percent of all students in continuation schools, and although African American enrollments in continuation schools approximate those of comprehensive schools statewide, they tend to be overrepresented in many districts. California law contemplates more intensive services and accelerated credit accrual strategies so that students who are vulnerable to dropping out of school might have a renewed opportunity to graduate from high school with a regular diploma. Based on a statewide study of these schools, however, the authors conclude that, as a whole, they are failing to provide the academic and critical support services that students need to succeed. This report draws on the authors' two-phase study of continuation high schools in California. In Phase I, during the winter and spring of 2007, the authors' research team visited 26 school districts and 40 schools in nine southern, central and northern California counties. These schools differed in focus, student outcomes, size, and metropolitan status. In Phase II, researchers returned to three of the original nine counties (Santa Clara, Fresno, and San Diego) and visited 23 continuation high schools to explore more deeply the emerging "better practices" that characterize more successful continuation high schools. This report offers a bleak prologue of what the vast majority of the state's continuation high schools will offer those youth who find themselves falling behind but struggling to stay engaged in pursuit of a high school diploma. The authors offer several recommendations, drawn from the experience of the "beating the odds" schools they visited. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [For the full report, "Raising the Bar, Building Capacity: Driving Improvement in California's Continuation High Schools," see ED537702.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity
Identifiers - Location: California