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Griffith, Michael – Education Commission of the States (NJ3), 2009
More than 87% of America's public high schools offer their students the opportunity to gain college credit prior to graduation. Learning opportunities that allow students to gain college-level credit often are referred to as "dual credit" programs, and they are experiencing a growth in both the number of students who take advantage of them and the…
Descriptors: College Credits, Educational Change, Dual Enrollment, High School Students
Education Commission of the States (NJ3), 2009
The term service-learning is used frequently these days, but confusion remains as to what it is and why it matters. More importantly, are there any measurable benefits? This issue of "The Progress of Education Reform" looks at four research studies that explore the impact of service-learning on student achievement and civic engagement. A…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Service Learning, Academic Achievement, Citizen Participation
Dounay, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States (NJ3), 2008
Relatively little policy activity has focused on the key role of counselors in providing the guidance students need to make informed decisions about their post-high school options. This issue of "Progress of Education Reform" takes a closer look at research related to: (1) The variation in access of college counseling across schools and the impact…
Descriptors: Educational Change, School Guidance, High School Students, Higher Education
Dounay, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States (NJ3), 2007
Improving high school graduation rates has in recent years become a growing concern to state and local policymakers for a number of reasons: the reduced economic opportunities and increased social costs for individuals without a high school diploma; the economic consequences, such as reduced tax revenues; and the need for more college graduates.…
Descriptors: High Schools, Taxes, Graduation Rate, Dropout Prevention
Pickeral, Terry; Piscatelli, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States (NJ3), 2007
This issue of the "Progress of Education Reform" features highlights K-12 research on student engagement, a civic orientation and building resiliency. Taken together, they provide a useful, up-to-date look at evidence on the merits of engaging students for achievement and success. It also includes policy implications based on the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Learner Engagement
Weiss, Suzanne – Education Commission of the States (NJ3), 2006
Parents are the central source of emotional, financial and social support for their children. Many young people also have the benefit of relationships with adults other than parents--including teachers, coaches, grandparents, older siblings, neighbors and employers--who serve as informal mentors. These relationships provide youth with extra…
Descriptors: Siblings, Mentors, At Risk Students, Interpersonal Relationship