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ERIC Number: EJ707627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
A Federal Role in High School Reform
Kusler, Mary
School Administrator, v61 n10 p54 Nov 2004
What if every high school across the country were mandated to provide all students with four years of math, four years of English, three years of science and three years of social studies? What if all schools were required to participate in the 12th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress? The federal government wants to play a big part in making this a reality. A growing belief across both Congress and the Bush administration suggests No Child Left Behind is taking great steps to reform public education at elementary and middle schools. However, in their view, NCLB has done almost nothing to influence what is going on in American high schools. "In this time of change, most new jobs are filled by people with at least two years of college, yet only one in four students gets there," President Bush stated in accepting his party's renomination in September. In addition, colleges and universities increasingly believe many students are not ready for higher education, forcing them to take remedial courses upon entering post-secondary education. Meanwhile, some business leaders complain college and high school graduates do not have the skills they believe they should for entry-level work. Given all of these forces, it is easy to see why Congress will try to weigh in on the debate over high school reform when it convenes in January for its 109th session.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001