High Hopes

This occasional series, launched in January 2005, looks at the growing push to reform secondary education.

Hanging onto kids who might otherwise leave school is the mission of Cleveland's Options Complex at Margaret A. Ireland School, a program for students in grades 6-12 who are behind in school by two or more years.
June 14, 2005 - Education Week

Small, college-based high schools give students who are struggling in traditional schools a second chance at learning.
May 24, 2005 - Education Week

As they prepare to enter high school next fall, 8th graders in public schools across Texas are being given a choice of three different academic plans to follow through graduation, two of which are distinctively tougher than the third.
April 19, 2005 - Education Week

While about half the states require high school students to pass tests to graduate, or have plans to do so, policymakers in the nation’s smallest state have struck out on a path that values multiple ways of measuring achievement.
April 12, 2005 - Education Week

Experts agree that if the goal is for all students to graduate from high school ready for college or other postsecondary study, schools have their work cut out for them, at least in mathematics.
March 22, 2005 - Education Week

No one is calling it a miracle, but the Kansas City, Kan., district’s experience with First Things First—with backing from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation—is offering hope that the redesign of urban high schools is not a lost cause.
March 8, 2005 - Education Week

By 2008, Philadelphia school system plans to make a transition from about 55 high schools to between 70 and 80 smaller ones of choice.
February 8, 2005 - Education Week

A new, standardized college-preparatory curriculum crafted by Kaplan K12 Learning Services Group is a critical element in Philadelphia's plan to improve secondary education.
February 8, 2005 - Education Week

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At Norview High School in Norfolk, Va., teachers used their academic departments to map out higher standards for teaching and learning. The result: soaring scores.
February 1, 2005 - Education Week

From President Bush on down, the pressure is on to fix America’s high schools. But despite a broad consensus that something is seriously wrong with the institution, deep fault lines remain about the remedies.
January 25, 2005 - Education Week

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