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Bottoms, Gene; Sundell, Kirsten – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2017
This publication explores how state accountability systems currently address college readiness and academic and technical career readiness and offers recommendations and examples of policies and practices that incentivize and reward districts and schools for preparing more students to earn credentials and degrees in high-demand career fields.
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Accountability, Educational Policy
Bottoms, Gene – Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), 2008
One in four American students does not graduate from high school on time, if at all. Many of these young people blame schoolwork that failed to challenge them and assignments that meant nothing in their lives. More surprising are the large numbers of students who graduate from high school and enter college but do not receive a degree. They drop…
Descriptors: High Schools, Graduation Rate, Educational Change, Education Work Relationship
Bottoms, Gene; Young, Marna – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2008
The authors advocate harnessing the applied teaching strategies of career/technical education (CTE) and infusing them into college-preparatory academics to transform secondary schools into high-performing centers of learning where students are both challenged and engaged. By pursuing this strategy, say the authors, states can help many more…
Descriptors: Careers, High Schools, Teamwork, Teaching Methods
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Bottoms, Gene – Educational Leadership, 2007
What would happen if schools offered all students the same challenges and opportunities that some schools now offer only their "best" students? The Southern Regional Education Board addressed that question in 1987, when it developed the High Schools That Work Model. Blending challenging college-preparatory content with modern vocational and…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Achievement, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation
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; McNally, Kathleen – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
This report presents actions states can take to help ensure that they have a highly qualified teacher in every career/technical classroom. In order to meet this goal, states may need to rethink their approach toward recruitment by developing a system to enroll interested and capable high school and college students in a career/technical teacher…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Competencies
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
Bottoms, Gene – Southern Regional Education Board, 2004
No state can afford to have the percentage of young people who are failing to finish high school remain at the present levels nor can they afford to ease the standards. This document discusses the following 10 strategies that states can implement to raise achievement and increase high school completion rates: (1) Initiate a transition program for…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Academic Achievement, Dropout Prevention, Transitional Programs
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Bottoms, Gene; Cooney, Sondra S. – ERS Spectrum, 2003
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has worked with states, districts, and high schools since 1988 and with middle-grades schools since 1999 to improve student achievement. SREB followed students tested in 2000 and 2001 from eighth grade through ninth grade and found both middle-grades schools and high schools must find ways for students…
Descriptors: High Schools, Grades (Scholastic), Grade 9, Grade 8