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Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) joined hands in 2005 to enhance dramatically implementation of the "High Schools That Work" ("HSTW") improvement design in the state. Between 2005 and 2010, nearly 50 high schools in five cohorts joined the Texas Enhanced "HSTW" Network…
Descriptors: High Schools, Middle Schools, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
High schools and middle grades schools are making special efforts to keep students in school and to help them look forward with confidence to the next stage of life. They are connecting students to adult mentors or counselors who assist them in setting goals and completing a program of study for college and career readiness. They are assisting…
Descriptors: High Schools, Mentors, Middle Schools, Journal Articles
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
Schools are finding effective ways to engage students totally in learning by addressing students' minds, personalities and behaviors. They are designing curricula and instructional strategies to generate interest and challenge students to stay in school and do their best. The goal is to graduate a "complete student" who will be ready for…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Motivation, High School Students, Middle School Students
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
Akins High School is the newest and second largest high school in the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. This report describes how the school has used small learning communities and the "HSTW" framework of Key Practices to improve the school culture, personalize the learning environment, improve student achievement and…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Culture, Graduation Rate, Academic Achievement
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
In a time of reduced funding, schools are meeting the challenge to continue improving classroom practices, student achievement and graduation rates. Many schools and teachers are forming networks to exchange information via the Internet as they tap into free electronic resources. Career/technical (CT) instructors are teaching students about…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Educational Change, Internet, Vocational Education
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
Middle grades schools have their hands full in working with elementary schools and high schools to improve the likelihood of success for middle grades students--accelerating learning, helping elementary students move seamlessly into the middle grades, preparing middle grades students for rigorous high school courses, changing organization and…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Strategies, Effective Schools Research, Transitional Programs
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
More schools are designing intellectually demanding career/technical (CT) courses--aligned with 21st-century requirements--to prepare students for further study, advanced training and work. They are using effective leadership, embedding essential college-readiness standards into CT courses, making CT courses more intellectually challenging, using…
Descriptors: Leadership Effectiveness, Technical Education, Career Development, Academic Standards
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
Schools are implementing new and effective strategies in an effort to graduate 90 percent of students and to ensure that graduates are prepared to succeed in college, advanced training and work. This newsletter describes how schools have redesigned their schedules, organizational structures and cultures in an effort to graduate 90 percent of…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, College Readiness
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
Leaders of successful high schools, middle grades schools and technology centers are strengthening their skills and involving the entire school in plans to raise student achievement. The best school leaders establish an environment of continuous progress in which teachers and leaders work together to upgrade curriculum and instruction, examine…
Descriptors: Participative Decision Making, Newsletters, Teacher Leadership, Instructional Leadership
Barger, Kenna – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
The author was asked to develop a list of actions that teachers could take to build students' mathematics abilities. Too many students fail to graduate and fail to pass state assessments as a result of weak mathematics skills. Even many students who do graduate leave high school lacking sufficient understanding of mathematics to pass college…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Teachers, Teaching Methods
Spence, Dave; Blanco, Cheryl D.; Root, Megan – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
The first page of this report sets forth starkly the imperative for states to increase substantially the numbers of postsecondary education degrees and certificates earned each year by their residents: By 2018, the United States will fall far short of the number of new college degrees needed for an emerging economy that increasingly depends on…
Descriptors: Credentials, Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Academic Degrees
Collins, Crystal – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
In 2010, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) convened an advisory panel of state leaders to study college completion, answer key questions and make policy recommendations to guide states toward improvement. The commitment of these leaders and philanthropic groups to address the problems of college completion--both nationwide and in SREB…
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Freshmen, High School Graduates, High School Freshmen
Edmonds, Rick – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
The author provides a perspective on progress in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states since 1988, when SREB developed 12 goals to reach by the year 2000. Growth in population and school enrollment trends are highlighted--what was expected and the huge population and job growth that occurred. Looking ahead to 2010, projected job…
Descriptors: Enrollment Trends, Benchmarking, Educational Objectives, Educational Change
Marks, Joseph L. – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
All SREB states have legislation allowing students in public high schools to earn college credits in what are often called "dual enrollment" or "early college" programs. Proponents of such programs say that they may help students prepare for college and reduce time to degree. However, critics of such programs question whether…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, College Credits, Dual Enrollment, High School Students
Bradley, A. Paul, Jr.; Blanco, Cheryl D. – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
Fewer than one-third of degree-seeking, full-time freshmen in the nation's public four-year institutions graduate in four years. To help raise this rate, SREB examined many strategies that public institutions are using to help more students earn bachelor's degrees, with particular attention to students in regional colleges and universities who…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, Student Improvement
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