Volume 23, No. 2
High Schools That Matter
High school students across the country increasingly report a lack of relevancy in their classes and a feeling of unpreparedness for postsecondary life. How can students’ high school experience be restructured for their long-term success? Authors of in this issue of The State Education Standard reimagine the high school experience, illuminating the data, policy reforms, and engagement with students, families, and educators that must align to make redesign possible.
State leaders should retire the Carnegie unit and open the door for high school designs that ensure learning is engaging, relevant, experiential, and competency based.
State boards can take a lesson from schools that already dish up rigorous assignments in college- and career-ready courses alike and ensure more schools do it.
New graduation requirements aim to align with college admission standards and address inequities in college and career readiness.
Surveyed students report being at sea on postsecondary options and the progress they are making toward their goals.
Six elements in statewide law and policy pave the way for effective programs that help more students thrive in college courses while they are still in high school.
A balanced education can help every student achieve the greatest possible success.
The world has advanced so much, but the school system hasn't.
Communications folks can help your board develop media relationships that will lead to better reporting and a keener understanding of the board's policy decisions and initiatives.
New laws require interpretation and construction.
There are wonderful, student-centric high schools in every state. My advice is to find them, visit, and probe into what they are doing well.