ERIC Number: ED486508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Rigor, Relevance and Relationships Improve Achievement in Rural High Schools: High School Reform Works When Schools Do the Right Things. Challenge to Lead
Bottoms, Gene; Presson, Alice; Han, Lingling
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
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 southern schools with comparable demographics and exceed the mean on a number of state test indicators of academic achievement. This report provides insights into "what works" at these 12 schools and examines the implications of the effective practices of these schools in terms of local and state policies and improvement efforts. Appended are: (1) Best Practices with Number of High-achieving Rural Schools (out of 12) Using the Practice Extensively; (2) Proficiency Levels for the High Schools That Work Assessment; and (3) Indicators of Three Levels of High School Emphasis on Using Practices Associated with Higher Achievement. (Contains 14 footnotes and 21 tables.)
Descriptors: Rural Schools, High Schools, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Academic Standards, School Effectiveness, Effective Schools Research
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5776. Tel: 404-875-9211.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Georgia; Kentucky; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia