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Bottoms, Gene; Timberlake, Allison – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2012
In 2009, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Committee to Improve High School Graduation Rates and Achievement, led by then-Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia, released a report of 10 key recommendations for ensuring more students graduate from high school, and they graduate ready for college and careers. Among these 10 recommendations was…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Graduation Rate, National Competency Tests, Middle Schools
Bottoms, Gene; Timberlake, Allison – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2007
Students who successfully complete grade nine are substantially more likely to graduate from high school than are students who fail the freshman year. However, many middle grades students are not academically prepared for ninth grade. This report addresses five questions that can help school leaders ensure that middle grades students know the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Achievement, Student Attrition, High School Freshmen
Bottoms, Gene; Han, Lingling; Presson, Alice – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2006
Students benefit from a year or more gain in student achievement when urban district and high school leaders commit to the implementation of the "High Schools That Work" ("HSTW") design. It is not enough to be a "HSTW" site--it is about taking effective actions to implement the design. Schools that do take action witness significant progress in…
Descriptors: High Schools, Teaching Methods, Classrooms, Academic Standards
Bottoms, Gene; Presson, Alice; Han, Lingling – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2006
This report reviews 75 high schools in the "High Schools that Work" (HSTW) network that made statistically significant gains in at least two of three areas reading, mathematics and science--between 2002 and 2004 on the "HSTW" Assessments. In these schools, all groups of students improved achievement--regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Counselors, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains
Bottoms, Gene; Anthony, Karen – Southern Regional Education Board, 2004
State accountability goals for high schools must give equal emphasis to raising standards and increasing the percentages of students entering grade nine and earning high school diplomas four years later. High school completion rates between 1988 and 2000 declined in all but eight states. Many high schools in states with declining graduation rates…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Standards, Teacher Leadership, Graduation Rate