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ERIC Number: EJ962527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
The Road to Rigor
Schachter, Ron
District Administration, v47 n8 p50-60 Sep 2011
In a major address on educational policy last March, President Barack Obama underscored his priorities for the pending reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. He promised that the government will spur a race to the top by encouraging better standards and assessments. But Obama's concerns over rigor and the promise of the Common Core State Standards come against a backdrop of sobering data questioning whether earlier efforts to increase rigor have made a difference. In June, the City University of New York released information that more than half of the students from 46 of the 70 high schools that had received an "A" rating on the city's latest progress report needed remedial courses when they attended CUNY. In Danbury High School, former principal Robert Rossi said there has been a complete redesign of their 17 core courses and has launched the Freshman Academy for the 700 incoming ninth-graders last fall. He reported that the academy's first year made a positive difference for at-risk students, despite Danbury High's new course requirements. Meanwhile, Superintendent Jerry Weast of the Montgomery County Public School District pursued a larger-scale and long-running overhaul and saw an impressive results. Other districts nationwide have tapped outside organizations for expertise and training to improve results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Florida; Maryland; Michigan; New York; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001