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Blanco, Megan – State Education Standard, 2019
A number of states have taken steps toward promoting student wellness, with many of their state boards of education in the middle of the action. This article contains some examples of states leading on student wellness by addressing physical fitness, social and emotional learning (SEL), and mental health supports. The Every Student Succeeds Act…
Descriptors: Wellness, Child Health, Physical Fitness, Social Development
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Girtz, Suzann; Salina, Chuck; Eppinga, Joanie – State Education Standard, 2018
Sunnyside High School in Washington State, a school of more than 1,600 students, had a graduation rate below 50 percent in 2010. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) had repeatedly identified Sunnyside as a low-performing school--that is, in the bottom 5 percent of the state's high schools and therefore qualifying for…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Turnaround, Graduation Rate, Leadership Effectiveness
Zinth, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States, 2018
This Special Report outlines state-level policy components that help ensure work-based learning opportunities for high school students are well-coordinated, broadly accessible, aligned to state or regional workforce demands, and of high quality.
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Work Experience Programs, High School Students
Achieve, Inc., 2018
There is a growing body of research that suggests the first year of high school is a critical transition point for students. It also finds course-taking and successful completion of those courses in 9th grade to be valuable predictors of students' success in high school. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states an opportunity to…
Descriptors: Statewide Planning, State Policy, Educational Policy, Program Implementation
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2017
Successful dual enrollment programs begin with strong, collaborative partnerships between community colleges and their local K-12 school systems. They also require clearly articulated agreements that spell out what each entity's responsibilities. For example: Who's going to teach the courses? Will the instruction take place at the high school or…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Partnerships in Education, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges
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Coomes, Jacqueline; Lee, Hyung Sook – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2017
Mathematics teachers want to empower students as mathematical thinkers and doers (NCTM 2000). Specific ways of thinking and doing mathematics were described in the Process Standards (NCTM 2000); they were further characterized as habits of mind (Mark, Goldenberg, and Sword 2010); and more recently, they were detailed in the Common Core's Standards…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Student Empowerment, Formative Evaluation, Mathematics Skills
MDRC, 2017
The past decade has seen a resurgence of interest in career and technical education (CTE) as a way to engage students, help people build the skills necessary to succeed in a technologically advanced economy, and meet employer demand for workers. MDRC--which has a two-decade history of developing and evaluating CTE programs, including their…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Educational Trends, Educational Research, Organizations (Groups)
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Parker, Walter C.; Lo, Jane C. – Curriculum Inquiry, 2016
Advanced high-school courses, such as Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the United States, present a content selection conundrum of major proportions. Judicious content selection is necessary if students are to learn subject matter meaningfully, but the sheer breadth of tested material in these courses promotes nearly the opposite:…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Course Content, Government (Administrative Body), Political Science
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Rifkin, Moses – Physics Teacher, 2016
Every physics teacher wants to give his or her students the opportunity to learn physics well. Despite these intentions, certain groups of students--including women and underrepresented minorities (URMs)--are not taking and not remaining in physics. In many cases, these disturbing trends are more significant in physics than in any other science.…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
Zinth, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States, 2016
Allowing high school students to fulfill a math or science high school graduation requirement via a computer science credit may encourage more student to pursue computer science coursework. This Education Trends report is an update to the original report released in April 2015 and explores state policies that allow or require districts to apply…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Requirements, Computer Science Education, Educational Trends
ACT, Inc., 2016
This report provides information about the performance of Washington's 2016 graduating seniors who took the ACT as sophomores, juniors, or seniors; and self-reported at the time of testing that they were scheduled to graduate in 2016. Beginning with the Graduating Class of 2013, all students whose scores are college reportable, both standard and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Academic Standards, Achievement Tests
ACT, Inc., 2016
"The Condition of College and Career Readiness" looks at the progress of the 2016 ACT®-tested graduating class relative to college and career readiness. This state briefing begins with statistics in the following categories for Washington: performance, STEM, career readiness, impact, behaviors that impact access and opportunity,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Access to Education, Benchmarking
Washington State Board of Education, 2016
The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) and the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) submitted this 6th biennial joint report to the Governor, Legislative Education Committees, and Superintendent of Public Instruction. The report outlines the collaborative work of the Boards, highlights accomplishments, and provides goals and…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Academic Achievement, Standards, Superintendents
Washington Student Achievement Council, 2016
Education is the catalyst for families, communities, and businesses to thrive. While Washington's employers report a growing need for a more educated workforce in order to stay competitive, many individuals need higher levels of education to obtain work that can support themselves and their families. Washington's Roadmap goals identify the…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Labor Force Development, Economic Factors, Educational Attainment
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
Superintendents and principals can have a positive and decisive impact on student achievement and higher graduation rates. Their essential leadership can illuminate the path to excellence for faculty and students. In upgrading curriculum and instruction, school leaders need to keep abreast of practices proven effective in other districts and…
Descriptors: High Schools, Best Practices, High Achievement, Graduation Rate
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