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Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2011
The workers of the 21st Century will be expected to do more reading and writing than has been done in the past. In order to be successful, one author, Langer, stated that students need to possess "high literacy." According to the literature, it is evident when reading is truly a priority and supported by all stakeholders because there are high…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Literacy Education, English Instruction, Reading Strategies
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2010
Traditionally class rankings have been used by high schools to determine valedictorians and salutatorians. These rankings have also been used by colleges to make admission decisions and for awarding scholarships. While there is no direct link between college rank and college admission, there is evidence that not using class rank can reduce stress…
Descriptors: Class Rank, College Admission, Scholarships, High Schools
Walker, Karen – Principals' Partnership, 2010
Much has been written about student preparation for standardized tests such as: get enough sleep, do not eat sugary food or drinks, eat a well-balanced meal, wear comfortable clothing, bring appropriate supplies especially extra #2 pencils, answer every question, write neatly and legibly, deduce wrong answers immediately and use all of the time…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Testing, Standardized Tests, Test Items
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2009
"One size does not fit all," usually refers to differentiation and how students learn. However, it can also be applied to what grade levels should be included in a new high school setting. What is feasible for one school district and its students may not be so for another (Howley, 2002; McEntire, 2005). "The underlying issue is how should we…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High Schools, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Educational Objectives
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2009
Determining the ideal academic setting in which students can be successful continues to be one of the primary goals of educators. Is there a best classroom structure in which students can be successful? Although there is research on the academic gains in the block schedule and in traditional departmentalized settings, both of which are common in…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Self Contained Classrooms, Classroom Environment, High Schools
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2007
What are some ways in which to get parents meaningfully involved in their child's high school? According to the research, the most successful programs are those that provide a variety of ways in which parents can be actively engaged in their child's academic life. Joyce Epstein, Director of the National Network of Partnership Schools, out of Johns…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, High Schools, Child Rearing
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2007
Helping regular education students transition from high school to the post-secondary world can be a daunting task. Assisting students with special needs do this can be quite intimidating. According to the Harris Poll 2000, 20% of the general population was unemployed, while 71% of adults with disabilities were unemployed (Miller, Lombard, &…
Descriptors: High School Students, Transitional Programs, Special Needs Students, Disabilities
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2007
According to the 2000 census, high school dropouts had a 52% employment rate, compared to 71% for high school graduates and 83% for college graduates. According to NCSE, the national dropout rate is 30% of which 80% had been chronically absent from school ("School attendance tracking: Challenges and effective practices"), which puts the…
Descriptors: Attendance, Dropouts, Recognition (Achievement), Incentives
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2007
Research indicates that academic achievement from middle school to high school decreases while behavior problems, suspensions and expulsions increase early in ninth grade. Hertzog and Morgan found in their research in Georgia and Florida, that those high schools that just did building tours and meetings with school counselors for strictly…
Descriptors: High Schools, Transitional Programs, Developmental Studies Programs, School Orientation
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2006
Keeping high school students in school and helping them gain competence and confidence in skills so that they can be successful in the world of work and/or college is an enormous challenge. The results of one study clearly demonstrated a direct correlation between one's self-esteem and academic competence. The more competent one feels, the better…
Descriptors: High School Students, High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Dropout Prevention
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2006
What are ways to encourage minority students and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds to take and succeed in AP classes? Advanced Placement courses and their final national standardized exams began in 1954 to help students, mostly white males, get through college more quickly so that they would have more time in the work force. 50 years later,…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Enrollment, Minority Group Students, White Students
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2006
With the advent of "Get tough on crime" and "Three strikes" in the 1980s and 1990s, correctional facilities have become overloaded with prisoners who are often repeat offenders. 51% of those imprisoned have a GED or high school diploma. Out of the remaining 49%, 36% of inmates had not completed the ninth grade and approximately…
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Literacy, Recidivism, Community Colleges
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2006
With higher expectations for graduation, what are ways to keep students in school and graduate? To have a 100% graduation rate with students who are prepared for higher education or the work place is certainly a major goal of high schools. This has been strongly reinforced by schools needing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as mandated by No…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Federal Programs, Educational Improvement, Standardized Tests
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2006
What are some remediation programs for students who do not pass high stakes exit exams? Regardless of one's personal beliefs about high stakes exit exams, 52% of all high school students in the United States who are in public schools will be required to take and pass an exit exam. Nationally, these tests are gaining momentum. In most cases,…
Descriptors: Exit Examinations, Remedial Instruction, Employed Parents, High Stakes Tests
Walker, Karen – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2005
For the past 50 years, poor physical health of adolescents has been a concern in the U.S. The obesity rate has tripled from 5% in 1980 to 15% in 2000. With more emphasis placed on high stakes standardized tests, the priority of physical education classes has taken a back seat. Based on a survey done in 2003, slightly more than half of the states…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Physical Education, Physical Activity Level, Physical Activities
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