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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; 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; 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; Presson, Alice; Han, Lingling – Southern Regional Education Board, 2004
In 1987, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and 13 Southern states formed the SREB-State Career/Technical Education Consortium and established two goals. One goal is to increase the percentages of career-oriented students who complete a planned sequence of career/technical (CT) courses and a challenging academic core in English/language…
Descriptors: Technical Education, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
Bottoms, Gene; Presson, Alice; Han, Lingling – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2004
This report focuses on the noteworthy achievement and the successful practices of 12 rural schools in the southern region that are members of the "High Schools That Work" (HSTW) school improvement network. Although these schools enroll high percentages of minority and/or impoverished students, they have managed to outperform rural…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, High Schools, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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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